Starting a Cooperative Household
Compared to getting a roof over your head, forming a cooperative household takes much more time and energy. Some groups can form in just a couple of months while for others it might take over a year. The results can be very rewarding though, and after a while, instead of experiencing it as work it simply becomes a way of life. Too often the formation stage is rushed or under-planned. But the more time you spend on it the more fruitful your household will be. Planning plus learning and practicing core skillsets will make a big difference.
"Starting a Cooperative Home"
Join Our FB Group
This is a public group for those that are seeking to start a cooperative home. It also includes already established households to provide tips, advice, and help to answer general questions to those starting out.
Join Our Group Calls
Our group calls are meant to provide a more interactive way to help answer questions people have when starting out and to provide general information. Besides our Facebook group, this is a great place to start.
Post To Directory / Find Pioneers
Our directory allows you to post a Household Forming listing to attract other pioneers to grow the household in the early formation stage. Your listing will also attract potential housemates to settle in once it's formed.
Our resources page is meant to provide you with a variety of resources to help you along your journey. Furthermore, you can use it continuously as you establish your household and your needs morph over time.
For those that are interested in going beyond a single cooperative house, we want to present the option of having groups of homes cluster together in close proximity. Each household acts autonomously but together they create a rich community experience. Clusters can have group events or get-togethers for example. Additionally, the cluster can benefit by taking part of and managing cluster-wide programs.
Full of homes but neighborhoods typically don't have strong engagement.
Community homes in close proximity offer households a richer communal living experience.
Households can co-create and co-manage programs together that are available to the entire cluster of homes.
Examples of Cluster Wide Programs
Here are just a couple of examples to get your imagination started. Some programs can be very basic and easy to implement while others might take additional resources and time to operate. Although some of these could function in a single household the benefit will be greater when applied to a cluster of homes.
Timebanking is a time-based currency. Give one hour of service to another, and receive one-time credit. You can use the credits in turn to receive services — or you can donate them to others. The focus of Timebanking is on our value as human beings. It seeks to connect us through the relationships we create through giving and receiving. It operates in this way as a complement to the money-dominated world we inhabit.
Bulk Shopping Trips
Each household needing to make shopping trips to stock up their supplies. By consolidating multiple trips together the bulk of the shopping can be achieved in less time saving time for everyone.
Tool libraries are just like traditional libraries, but with tools instead of books. They are great for people who don’t want to buy/rent tools that they are only going to use once in a while. Although tool libraries exist in some areas, households may choose to have their own mini library and extend it beyond just tools.
There are many other cluster programs that can be developed over time. It just depends on the need and how much time and energy people have to create and maintain them.