We’re all reeling from waves of shocks to our sensibilities – Hurricane Sandy, Newtown, the sequester, Boston, West, Texas and floods. With hardly time to get up and dust ourselves off between hits, I am in a lot of wobbly company. When we get up, it is to weep for the environment, our poor and ill people and the imploded economy.
Strength in Numbers
Hanging out together, casually and socially, outside of the consumption grid, is an antidote to the despair that any thinking person must feel as we watch the economy and the environment deteriorate in front of our eyes. Community Mixers and Housing Mixers are a good way to create the familiarity that creates the trust that leads to the laughter that builds community.
By hosting frequent mixers outside of the consumption grid, we provide the occasions for communities to gather casually and often to meet people, make connections, and learn how co-ops can deliver the goods, services and housing that we need. These gatherings are the fertile compost that fosters a healthy, interdependent community spirit in which people thrive.
Cooperatively this is possible AND highly beneficial. New Community Vision is pioneering Mixers community-by-community to do just that.
- Community Mixers – monthly potlucks with music and just plain fun
- Housing Mixers – monthly gatherings to consider a range of housing options. There are a variety of options for sharing – all with varying degrees of privacy, ranging from single family home to shared apartments.
By hosting frequent mixers outside of the consumption grid, we provide the occasions for communities to gather casually and often to meet people, make connections, and learn how co-ops can deliver the goods, services and housing that we need. These gatherings are the fertile compost that fosters a healthy, interdependent community spirit in which people matter and thrive.
New Community Vision facilitates Housing Mixers on the fourth Sunday of every month from noon to 2 p.m. at the Lake Street Church of Evanston.
If we can get housing right, many of our social, medical and educational ills will fall into place. Mixing together often, community-by-community, is a strategy to stabilize families and neighborhoods by catalyzing resources to secure appropriate housing, New Community Vision is launching a consulting cooperative to facilitate gatherings at which we educate about cooperatives by hosting Housing Mixers, community by community, month after month. Read more at New Community Vision…
Please join us to talk and think about Israel and Palestine. We will first share a meal together starting at 7:00, please bring a dish if you are able. A vegetarian entree will be served at the house as well.
Then Dr. Yakir Englander will share his experiences and perspective living in Israel, as well as his peace building work with young people through Kids4Peace International.
Afterwards we will all get a chance to ask questions and share our own perspectives and experiences. Also we will discuss the U.S. role in the conflict and how it affects faith communities here.
Dr. Yakir Englander is a visiting professor at Northwestern University and a Fulbright Scholar. He focused on Jewish Theology and Philosophy and Gender Studies. He grew up in an Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic home in Israel. He studied in Yeshivas for years and then served in the army for 3 years. He is also currently the vice president of Kids4Peace International and served as the director of the program in Israel and Palestine for 6 years.
We look forward to having Yakir and you at our house this Thursday!
For more info on Kids4Peace, see http://www.k4pjerusalem.org
Fueled by the astonishing income gap between the wealthy elite and the rest of us, millions of people are hopping off the consumption grid. Cooperatives offer a higher quality of life outside the grid. Hop on over to the co-op lifestyle.
New Community Vision is officially launching itself as an education and entertainment enterprise to host Mixers, community-by-community, to have fun and to demonstrate how cooperatively we can achieve better food, housing, social services and a higher level of well being.
When: Saturday, May 11, 4 – 8 p.m.
Catered by: Chef Clarence Robinson
Where: 4240 N Clarendon Avenue, #409-S Chicago, IL 60613, an architectural gem.The party will be in the 1st floor party room and yard. The only bathroom will be in my 4th floor walkup, the cutest, smallest apartment in Chicago.
Walk, drive, CTA or cab? Terrific public transportation, terrible parking. Choose from one of 8 bus routes or walk 12 minutes from the Sheridan or Wilson Red Line stop. There are two public lots on Clarendon.
New Community Vision is launching a consulting cooperative to facilitate gatherings at which we educate about cooperatives by hosting Housing Mixers, community by community, month after month.
New Community Vision’s facilitated Housing Mixers are gatherings where people consider their various housing options, including many variations on sharing, and meet others doing the same. New Community Vision, in partnership with licensed social service professionals, screens and vets potential residents, homemakers, and households and maintains a clearing house of available housing and potential residents. NCV approved households will contract with a social worker who meets with the entire household for monthly communication tune ups to ensure that the household functions at as high a level as possible. Read more at New Community Vision…
We face many crises today — housing, food, nutrition, education, isolation, care for children, the elderly and health care. Improving our housing model could realistically ameliorate, to some extent, many of these challenges. Given the premise that our predominate housing model – single person / single family homes may not be ideal for all demographic groups, New Community Vision facilitates Housing Mixers to promote alternative housing options that are appropriate and secure for the gamut of life stages, whether that is 20 and starting out or 80 and winding down. Read more at New Community Vision…
With homelessness threatening the middle class, many people are looking for affordable housing options. Sharing existing housing is the fastest solution and could include housing co-ops, condos, tenants in common, group rental, a homeowner renting to someone, and a homeowner selling part of the home to someone else, either all at once or over time.
If you are considering sharing any kind of housing, of course it must be safe but it could also be fun and supportive. Come hear about the range of sharing options and meet others who are going through the same thing. Read more at New Community Vision…
The Patch is a collective household of Christians living luxuriously in a large south Evanston house with a great yard patrolled by a very friendly dog. Our house is owned by Reba Place Fellowship, a long-standing Mennonite income-sharing community.
We value mindful food practices, hospitality, and common life together. There are currently nine residents, with two rooms being shared. One person moves out in early April, the other in late May or early June.
For information call our house at 847-491-1557, or email email@example.com.
As I chew on New Community Vision’s mission to make a dent in our housing crisis, I keep coming back to this bottom line: Improving people’s living situation will make an enormous impact on their lives and our communities. Well, duh!
If you look at our problems through a lens not colored by greed, politics and our illogical socioeconomic insanity, an entirely different world opens up that offers communities the opportunity to heal from within. I approach our challenges as 1) What do we need? 2) What kind of cooperative mind set or practice could deliver this?
The basic idea is that anchoring homes with social workers will provide residents with greater security and stability. With state budget slashed at exactly the time that communities need them the most, a cooperative solution is a timely idea to explore. Cooperatively, I’m pretty sure that we could provide some basic services to help people find (or create) safe, secure and affordable housing.
Cooperatives began even before the 1860’s and have proven to be the most durable in the world. Co-ops are member owned, operated and governed entities. Given co-ops’ synergistic nature, they are ideally suited to solve complex problems in an interwoven synergistic way. Read more at New Community Vision…
Facebook reminded me this week that anyone can become disabled at anytime, an unsettling truth indeed.
The only way we’re gonna get through this is together. The good news is that since only the rich have the means to pay for what they need, the rest of us will help each other out of the generosity of our hearts and the creativity of our minds—limitless, renewable resources. A comforting and completely true concept!
New Community Vision’s Housing Mixers are gatherings to tap our inherent generosity and creativity as we mix regularly together to consider a housing in a broader context that supports what people actually need today. Read more at New Community Vision…