"Many of the experiments in cohousing are extremely valuable to a
society so distracted by materialism and so shell-shocked by the
frantic American lifestyle. What kind of experiments am I talking
about? Consensus decision-making; participatory design; alternative
sources of energy; alternative sources of information; shared resources
and designs that reduce each person"s ecological footprint; aging
gracefully and vigorously; neighborhood activism in surrounding towns
and communities; and collaborative management of neighborhood
resources, to name just a few. In general, residents of cohousing are
living actively rather than passively."" David Wann, editor
"Cohousing communities offer an alternative American Dream where
residents work collaboratively to create strong, vibrant neighborhoods
that use fewer resources and provide more-supportive environments.
David Wann"s book offers valuable insights into why people are not only
drawn to this type of neighborhood but have taken considerable risk and
effort to create cohousing neighborhoods. It shows us both the mundane
and extraordinary aspects of creating and living in community in
-- Kathryn M. McCamant, cohousing architect, developer, and co-author
of Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves.
"Reinventing Community is an accessible and inspiring book, a rich
tapestry of voices and insights from modern pioneers who are creating
human scale villages, friendly to people and the sustainability of life
on this planet.
-- Duane Elgin, author of Voluntary Simplicity
"The folks David Wann profiles in Reinventing Community are the
vanguard for the future -- they're learning today, often by painful and
sometimes humorous trial and error, what it takes to go beyond the
solitary and alienated survival tactics of modern urban life to the
full flowering of the human spirit of tomorrow, in community."
-- Eric Utne, founder of Utne magazine and editor of Cosmo Doogood's Urban Almanac.
"Dave Wann"s fascinating smorgasbord of lively, engaging first-person
tales helps us understand why small cooperative neighborhoods like
these have such vital appeal"and why cohousing is now the
fastest-growing kind of intentional community in North America today.
This anthology is also one of the best overviews of community living
I"ve seen yet"the small unexpected pleasures; the ongoing sense of
connection; the steady support of neighbors and friends; the safety,
especially for older people and children; children always having many
near-siblings at hand to play with; the potential clout with local
officials"as well as the inevitable conflicts, challenges, heartbreaks,
and innovative community solutions."
--Diana Leafe Christian, editor of Communities magazine and author of
Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and