Cohousing professionals can include architects, developers, facilitators,
development consultants, marketers, trainers, and others.
Creating a cohousing community is a big job!
Here’s a checklist of qualifications to look for in a cohousing consultant, a project manager or a management team:
knowledge and experience in managing a development of the size and scope you’re contemplating (check references, visit their existing developments – it would be very risky to hire someone who has never done this before).
familiarity with the municipal process for taking a project through rezoning to the building permit stage
abilty to coordinate the work of the professional team and the general contractor
knowledge of how to create and manage budgets; the capacity to manage members’ investment, apply for financing, and manage the flow of money throughout the project
understanding of the legal structure required for development and how to transition from that to home ownership once the project is completed
capacity to set up an organizational structure that supports member participation, and with the experience and comfort to facilitate the group’s timely planning and appropriate decision-making throughout the process
good communication and organizational skills, able to be the liaison between the group and the regulatory authorities, professionals, financial institution, and general contractor.
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The following professionals are interested in providing services to forming groups and existing communities. The Canadian Cohousing Network does not screen professional listings in any way and inclusion here is not a CCN endorsement. We accept no responsibility for the consequences of hiring any of the professionals listed below. We strongly advise that you request and check references before making hiring decisions.
Providing complete project management and design services, from the initial phase to the physical development of the community.
The approach is based on my PhD research on northwestern European cohousing.
It includes an in-depth analysis of the main aspects of life in 16 cohousing communities in Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK.
Topics include residents’ motivation; models, barriers and “enablers” in the development process; design for social interaction and architecture; decision-making and management; environmental sustainability; shared facilities and activities; and relations to the wider community.
I’m offering project management services, workshops and counselling for forming or already established groups.
Ronaye Matthew has over 30 years experience in residential development, marketing and construction.
She has provided start-up and development management services for most of the completed cohousing communities in Canada. Ronaye works with groups from the initial forming stage to move-in. She knows what it takes to support a group to ground their vision in reality and generate the membership and financial resources required to move forward and get the project built in a time and cost efficient manner. Ronaye is a founding member of the Canadian Cohousing Network and lives at Cranberry Commons Cohousing.
The LiveWell team provides consulting services to groups from initial start-up through to move-in.
We streamline the cohousing development process allowing the community to focus on vision and community building while we manage the details of day-to-day project management. Gary Morrison has over 20 years of development and financing experience, and Yonas Jongkind has managed cohousing developments for over eight years. We also like to work with other local project managers in each community who best meet the needs of the group – ensuring good support and a local presence. LiveWell can provide “seed funding” and assistance to help groups acquire land in the early days. LiveWell occasionally launches new cohousing communities by securing a great site and then hosting public information sessions in the community to publicize the location. We aim to be the spark to ignite new cohousing communities!
Call 604-729-2445 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
When a group thrives, it is in a state of developing and flourishing, of moving towards its potential in a way that affirms the needs and goals of its members.
Source Facilitation provides facilitation to forming and established communities. We specialize in designing and delivering custom workshops and facilitation processes in order to support organizations achieving their goals.
Source Facilitation Collective collaborates with groups to help them thrive by facilitating processes in order to support:
Development of “hard” skills (such as facilitation techniques)
Development of “soft” skills (such as communication and community building)
Bringing meetings to life and making them positive and productive
Celebrating and benefitting from the diverse personalities, opinions and experiences of their membership
Building a strong, cohesive group culture
Moving through conflict honestly and compassionately
Our specialty is co-facilitated events tailored to each group’s unique needs and circumstance.