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Participatory Design Processes for Starting Community [Workshop]

June 15, 2021


5:00 PM

6:30 PM


June 15th | 5:00-6:30pm Eastern

Participatory Design Process for Starting Community

Join us for a workshop on participatory design! Learn about the tools and processes developed by architects, designers, and professional facilitators that can help communities achieve their goals.

Many members of intentional communities want to participate in the design process when renovating or creating their own space. But a poorly structured processes can lead toward a poor design and a waste of time, money, and energy for the group. So how do you design together?

Mathilde Berthe and Erik Bonnett of Studio Co+Hab will walk us through the difference between customization and participatory design. We’ll learn how to better engage with professionals, as well as some specific strategies for starting your intentional community, be it a cohousing, ecovillage, or housing coop.

Key outcomes of this workshop:

  • How to design physical spaces in a collaborative setting
  • Participatory design best practices and pitfalls
  • Key steps to get your intentional community designed and built

Meet Your Facilitators

Mathilde Berthe, presenter photo

Mathilde Berthe

Mathilde is an architectural designer at Studio Co+hab. Her background in intentional communities design includes working at MacCamant and Durrett Architects, who introduced the concept of Cohousing in America. She also helped develop Habitat & Partage, a cooperative in that aims to facilitate the mergence of Cohousing projects in France. Between France and the USA, she has visited and contributed to many communities exploring the relationship between design and the social structure of communities. She is experienced in designing workshops and giving public presentations inspired by her diverse experience.


Erik Bennett, presenter photo


Erik Bonnett

Erik is a registered architect with deep expertise in sustainability and participatory design. His experience includes facilitating integrated design of groundbreaking LEED and net zero carbon projects, while at Rocky Mountain Institute. His work focuses on integrating the economic, environmental, and social components of sustainability with a focus on equity and empowerment. Erik taught sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective at Montana State University and has published research on cost optimization of energy efficiency. He has worked to design and also found cohousing communities across the United States. Erik is passionate about collaborating with intentional communities and helping them turn their aspirations into reality.


Workshop — Design Process for Starting Community


Date: June 15th

Time: 5:00-6:30pm ET (see your local time)

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Loved by Community Builders

Teri’s presence, warmth, poise, experience and clarity. I quickly felt at ease and confident that she knew what she was talking about, and could share the material effectively, while also managing the group format. – Jeffrey B

What a beautiful gift to our intentional community builders and leaders! FIC’s programs provide a way for thinking and concerned people to collaborate for solutions to our multitude of global crises. Thank you FIC!Terri Garcia

I am constantly impressed by the down-to-earth practicality of the FIC workshops combined with the philosophical questions that are so vital for us to explore. I’m grateful for the excellent planning and delivery of the workshops by skilled and inclusive presenters, who create a space that is both welcoming and invites participants to challenge existing ideas and world views. Well done and thank you FIC.Claire Ogden

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