What is a home? 

Fantastic video that describes the concept, why we love it, and in under 3 min!

Organizations

Fellowship for Intentional Community
This site has the directory of existing and forming communities.
http://www.ic.org/

Cohousing California
www.calcoho.org/

The Cohousing Association of the US
http://www.cohousing.org/

International Co-operative Alliance
http://ica.coop/en/what-co-operative

North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO)
https://www.nasco.coop/

inHabitLA
http://inhabit.la/
A cohousing community ready to make a neighborhood. inHabitLA will be the first cohousing development in Los Angeles. Accepting members.

Latch Collective
http://latchcollective.com/
Los Angeles Tiny Co-building haven. A collective of many, sharing interests in alternative housing solutions.

Activated Villages
www.activatedvillages.com
Helping communities find and purchase their property and live their vision. Watch the real estate workshop videos.

Visits and Events

Meetup group
Join us for events and field trips around Southern California.  These are public events for anyone who is interested, which cover “creating community” very broadly, and also include partner organization events.
http://www.meetup.com/You-Are-Here-Intentional-Community-Los-Angeles/

Los Angeles Eco-village
http://laecovillage.org/
Weekend tours by reservation.  Source for local events and CRSP: a resource center for small ecological cooperative communities.

Synchronicity
http://synchronicityla.com/
Join a community dinner by reservation. 
 

Emerald Village, Vista, CA
http://theemeraldvillage.com/
Tours by reservation, and watch for public events.

Regenerative Housing Co-operative of Pomona (Regen), Pomona, CA
http://www.regen.org/
Public events such as the Annual Sustainability Seminar in the spring.

List of communities:
A list of websites and notes about communities At Home members have visited.  https://www.diigo.com/user/carlacommunity/?query=%23Communities

Important resources for community living

Time Banks: Bank your time and build community. It’s like barter, but for services.  Give and receive from your neighbors.
California  http://www.cafederationoftimebanks.org/directory.html
West Los Angeles  ourtimebank.com
US/International: http://timebanks.org/

Buy Nothing Project: Give and receive stuff locally.
https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/

Governance and communication: seek out trainings on group decision-making, conflict resolution, and non-violent communication.

Books

Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities. By Diana Leafe Christian  http://www.dianaleafechristian.org/creating_a_life_together_practical_tools_to_grow_ecovillages_and_intentional_communities.html

Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community. By Diana Leafe Christian.  http://www.dianaleafechristian.org/finding_community_how_to_join_an_ecovillage_or_intentional_community.html

Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities by Kathryn McCamant & Charles Durrett.  http://www.cohousingco.com/products/creating-cohousing-building-sustainable-communities

Articles

My Advice to Others Planning to Start an Ecovillage.  Author: Lois Arkin.  Published in Communities Magazine Issue #156.
https://www.ic.org/my-advice-to-others-planning-to-start-an-ecovillage/

This list is updated often with web bookmarks, see:
https://www.diigo.com/user/carlacommunity?query=%23community

 

Glossary of terms
Definitions of frequently used terms.  These terms are not separate categories, and in many cases they overlap or describe different aspects of communities.  

Intentional Communities – the broadest term that encompasses a wide range of groups who intend to live together as a community.  There are many ways people describe their intentional communities: cohousing groups, ecovillages, community networks, support organizations, as well as people seeking a home in community.  A planned residential community designed from the start to have a high degree of social cohesion and teamwork. (http://www.ic.org/)

Cohousing – a community planned with private homes and common use buildings.  Often includes smaller size homes, environmentally friendly design, and pedestrian friendly layouts. Often has shared areas like yards, gardens, community kitchen, workshops, and more. (cohousing.org)

Co-living – Multi-bedroom houses leased by groups of people. Residents share the desire to live cooperatively, and share spaces including kitchens, living areas, garages, and yards.  Also called “co-householding.” (www.coliving.org)

Collaborative housing – architecture/design concept for multi-unit buildings that aim for such things as:  walkable, social, creative, diverse, and minimize the need for cars. Buildings with small private units emphasize shared spaces that foster connections between residents; they are marketed to makers, artists, designers, and musicians. (www.collaborativehousing.com)

ADU – Accessory Dwelling Unit.  Term to refer to secondary houses in backyards, granny flats, converted garages, and structures like tiny homes.  ADUs are regulated by the state and cities.

Ecovillages – intentional communities whose goal is to become more socially, economically and ecologically sustainable. (http://gen.ecovillage.org/)

Co-operative “co-op” – a type of ownership structure.   A co-operative is an association of persons united to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations, through a jointly owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. Co-operatives are businesses owned and run by and for their members. Whether the members are the customers, employees or residents they have an equal say in what the business does and a share in the profits.  For housing, this means members own the property together, through owning shares in the co-op.  (http://ica.coop/en/what-co-operative)
(http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/hudprograms/cooph)