Anyone else read Superbia? It would be a good book for Paul to do an interview about--I'm blanking on the other author's name.
In a nutshell, it's a way of transitioning your neighborhood into a co-housing community in easy, gentle steps. It starts with easy things like hosting a neighborhood dinner (we do a brunch because we inherited a brunch from another coop, long story, probably not the best idea but it's how it is), creating an email list in neighborhood, and then having a neighborhood roster with biographies of neighbors, listing their skills, gifts, passions, and interests. There are 31 strategies described in the book over all.
The brunches have been slow to gather steam, and this may not actually work where we are...but the only way to be sure of failing is not to try, so we've been trying for a year plus now. Every month we hand-deliver paper invitations to neighbors within a 5-minute walking radius.
OK, so that's the context, and I had the thought of posting some of our flyers here. I'm going to have to block out the contact info though, I don't think my housemates would be OK with blabbing our address all over the interwebs, but I'll start with posting the general idea of each. That way if you like one, steal it, and start a brunch in your neighborhood! because you can't come ot ours (unless you're within 5 minutes of us or make a really mean cobbler [as in the kind of cake, not a mean person who makes shoes, that person would not be welcome unless they're within 5 minutes, and then we'll put up with you because you're our neighbor and we have to find a way to break bread together without killing each other.
This month's theme--Top Secret. "Tell no one about the brunch on April 8th 1200-1600hrs at X XXXXXX XXXXX,"
last month--a pacman-ish map of our neighborhood, with title "Davis Square 2" and a high score in old-timey digital font.
month before-- a crossword puzzle
also ,a poetry reading with poems by many poets on the theme of neighborhood
So, if you do this, post your flyer or idea here!
Or post your successes, frustrations, concerns, ideas. I have some "hacks" for people who feel stuck with this and I can post them if people want to know.
I enjoyed reading your post. I hadn't heard of this book, but I looked it up and it sounds really interesting. My husband and I also live in Massachusetts. Our town has a small (but mighty) group of like-minded permies/food growers that get together for potlucks on occasion, sometimes with live music and other festivities.
Thank you for sharing your ideas! Hope you have a happy and productive spring!
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