Why is designing for community important?
"Community connectedness is not just about warm fuzzy tales of civic triumph. In measurable and well-documented ways, social capital makes an enormous difference in our lives...Social capital makes us smarter, healthier, safer, richer, and better able to govern a just and stable democracy."
― Robert D. Putnam, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Working with professionals
We specialize in the processes that help get community groups organized. Early stage strategic planning and efficient use of the group's time and resources are essential to their success and experiences, professional assistance can greatly enhance the likelihood of that success. We provide the guidance needed for groups to establish a well-defined vision. That vision is then developed by a professional team through processes that navigate the complexities and nuances required to craft places rich in social, environmental and economic amenity. Contact us to learn more about how we can help your community succeed.
500 Communities Program
John has completed this specialized program with Cohousing Solutions' President Kathryn McCamant and is an Affiliate with their office. The program is built on the three decades of McCamant's experience in consulting, designing and developing dozens of cohousing communities across the US. John provides local development coordination in collaboration with Cohousing Solutions and other national program Affiliates. He assists with getting groups organized, locating land and building a team of developers, architects, contractors, city officials, various consultants and other professionals needed to complete neighborhoods that are custom designed and built to maximize community connections.