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International Cooperative House (ICH)

Last updated: December 30, 2015 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: September 28, 2006

International Cooperative House (ICH)

(Madison, Wisconsin, United States)

Mission Statement:

Housing Cooperative

Community Description:

International Co-op House (ICH) has been around for over 25 years. Our premise is that through cooperation a large group of people can live together in pleasant surroundings, with the freedom to determine their own affairs. We endeavor to create a comfortable atmosphere where people feel free to share themselves socially. We are culturally and politically diverse, including both Americans and international persons, and we make our own decisions by majority vote on policy and by consensus vote on membership. Our meal plan includes healthy vegetarian meals and occasional meat dishes. Free laundry facilities, phone, high-speed internet, some parking, and indoor bike storage are available. Our co-op is located two blocks from campus and State Street.

Contract Terms: We are able to offer early contract release to those who are required to leave Madison.

Located two blocks from campus and State Street, our house has existed for many years. Although we speak many different languages, we are a close group of friends. Our premise is that through cooperation a large group of people can live together in pleasant surroundings with freedom to determine their own affairs. While we are primarily students, our members are culturally and politically diverse, including both Americans and international people.

About

  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Student Housing or Student Co-Op, Unspecified, or Other
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments: Madison Community Cooperative

    MCC has 11 houses

Membership

  • Adult Members: 26
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: please start by email – [email protected]
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Members run the coop themselves, through a board of directors. Directors elected from membership.

Economics

  • Join Fee: $45
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 6

Sustainability Practices

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Madison Community Cooperatives, North American Students of Cooperation

Community Affiliations

Madison Community Cooperative (MCC), Avalon Cooperative House, The Phoenix Cooperative House, Sofia Cooperative House, Syntropy Cooperative House, Ofek Shalom Cooperative House, Lothlórien Cooperative House, Hypatia Cooperative House, Friends’ Cooperative House, Audre Lorde Cooperative House, Ambrosia Cooperative House

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network