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Community Land Co-Ops: Owning our future in community [Workshop]

September 14, 2021


3:30 PM

5:30 PM


Intro to Community Land Co-Ops with the Ecovilalgerrs Alliance

September 14th | 3:30-5:30pm Eastern

Community Land Co-Ops: Owning our Future in Community

Join us for this inspirational 2-hour workshop to explore Community Land Co-ops (CLCs) and ways to take part in a more cooperative and equitable future for community land.

Housing justice is social justice, but most of us feel powerless to escape the system, much less change it. From ecovillages to apartment blocks, cooperative communities are hard pressed to establish ownership of land and buildings without resorting to conventions of property and finance that run fundamentally at odds with core values like inclusion, equity, and cooperation.

Arising from an intersection of social activism and intentional communities organizing, the Community Land Co-op (CLC) is a holistic framework for community control of land that emphasizes the human relationships between residents, investment, and property.

Although this is often referred to as the “landlord owned by its tenants”, it also includes a key membershp role for allied non-residential investors.

This workshop will introduce the complete CLC framework in broad strokes and provide examples of its implementation that are currently underway. We will also create an open space for a discussion of thevarious ins and outs and imagining our own potential futures as CLC members, as well as a live Q&A.

During this session you will gain:

  • A broad understanding of how CLCs work
  • An appreciation for how the CLC is related to the CLT (Community Land Trust) and to traditional housing co-ops
  • An overview of how Sociocracy fits in the picture
  • Ideas and inspiration for the many ways to take part in a more cooperative and equitable future for community land

Meet the Presenter

Joel Rothschild

Joel (they/them) is a founding organizer of the Ecovillagers Alliance, the primary organization in support of Community Land Co-op organizing, and currently a member of the Philadelphia-based CLC-in-formation, Kibbbutz Pawpaw. With a background in cooperative governance, urban design, and peer-to-peer systems engineering, Joel is an affiliated project manager of CoHousing Solutions’ 500 Communities initiative, and past founder of the Ravenna Kibbutz, a 2000s-era ecovillage neighborhood in Seattle, where Joel is from. Joel is also a part-time professional cantor and enjoys leading groups in decision-making, learning, and community bonding activities as much as providing systems support from behind the scenes.



Workshop — Community Land Co-Ops: Owning our Future in Community

Starting From $10.00

Date: September 14th

Time: 3:30-5:30pm ET (see your local time)

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