Create your own Cooperative Community. Stay updated, receive RSS Feeds each time we post new info:
Posts
Comments

Category Archive for 'Conversations'

Bus Rider’s Gift of Compassion

Rarely does my morning commute bring a gift. I raced off the Irving Park bus to catch the Pulaski bus, but my lunch-homemade lasagna, a birthday gift from my beloved nephew– stayed behind. A fellow commuter responded to my cry of disappointment and asked if I had enough money for lunch. Initially, I brushed aside […]

Print Friendly

Read Full Post »

Predictable Economic Trouble

When faced with a radical crisis, when the old way of being in the world, of interacting with each other and with the realm of nature doesn’t work anymore, when survival is threatened by seemingly insurmountable problems, an individual life-form–or a species–will either die or become extinct or rise above the limitations of its condition […]

Print Friendly

Read Full Post »

House Slipper Distance Community

Bring a crow bar if you want to pry me out of my neighborhood, once I get there. Many of us yearn to come home to a social life within house slipper distance. Now that I’m divorced and in my 50’s creating an active social life takes far more effort than I care to expend. […]

Print Friendly

Read Full Post »

Sustainable Commuter Network

The need for affordable housing has caused people all over the country to move far away and commute long distances. Every metropolitan area has a wide radius of well traveled, mostly solitary, commutes. Creating a sustainable network to transport additional people, fresh produce, arts/crafts, food stuffs, or any transportable item increases the flow of goods […]

Print Friendly

Read Full Post »

Housing Plans Need Our Input

Do you have that deer-the-headlights feeling? On the bus recently, the driver asked a young mother with three children to silence her fussy child. It was an unwelcome preview of the effect of even more stress. Our culture is fundamentally altered. As the scope of the meltdown seeps through to our daily lives, the effect […]

Print Friendly

Read Full Post »

Community Needs Meet Resources

Gather. Brainstorm. Repeat. Example: Parents who need elder care As your parents enter the stage when they need more help and you face the Medicare and assisted living maze, connecting with others who have traveled that road would be a life saver. Those who are embarking on this path need to find others who know […]

Print Friendly

Read Full Post »

Bailout Antidote

As we peer over the brink of the collapsed financial markets, the world we knew has fundamentally shifted. Big Money Congressional lobbying skewed the playing field to favor the well connected, resulting in the $700 billion bailout package, the ball and chain of debt that signals the beginning of the new era. New Orleans residents […]

Print Friendly

Read Full Post »

Two New York Times articles cheered me up with the premise that new ideas often come from unlikely sources. Janet Rae-Dupree’s 12/30/07 article, Innovative Minds Don’t Think Alike,┬áreports that experts are often so steeped in what they know that they don’t have access to “beginner’s mind” She cites the example of Chip Heath’s DVD remote […]

Print Friendly

Read Full Post »

Cooperatives are autonomous associations of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. They are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, […]

Print Friendly

Read Full Post »

Car Sharing Cooperatives can improve your life by sharing your resources and delegating tasks that you hate. Consider cars: a rusting appliance, a liability of convenience, a love/hate relationship. It is paid for and “runs good” Given the high cost of fuel, you’ve learned to take public transportation. What to do with your car, particularly […]

Print Friendly

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »