The Co-Living Revolution — Sustainable Living, Community, Connection, & Shared Purpose: Webcast This Thursday!

Cohabitation is not new, but it is experiencing a moment when cohabitation facilities have sprouted up around the world in recent years. Cohabitation is a concept that people who want to share some space with others can create community and live more simply, cheaply and sustainably as a result of shared resources. Shared resources can be a shared kitchen, shared laundry, shared vehicles or bicycles that can be checked out every hour, shared roof space / deck / outdoor resources and the like. If not everyone needs to own their own car (or grill or refrigerator or …), prices of things fall, just as the environmental footprint does.

If it sounds a bit like a hostel, well, maybe it’s because it’s like that. The biggest differences according to CoLive are the length of stay, the facilities and the purpose. And in my personal experience, samborum tends to be cleaner, very well run and more focused on the community as people are there a little longer and therefore people are not just there to party like rock stars for a few days while visiting the area as a tourist (as they do in hostels, bless their hearts). And friendships and connections can deepen.

Cohabiting spaces can focus on a specific group of people, such as entrepreneurs, artists (like San Francisco’s Haight Street Commons) and increasingly these days digital nomads. This provides a common bond to the community and allows for many great ideas to flow back and forth, inspiration can happen and friendships. It is a microcosm of the concept of “spontaneous collisions”. People do not have to plan to get together (it is a kind of barrier and reduces interaction). It just happens…. The late Tony Hsieh delivered perhaps the greatest such experiment in this concept with his downtown project in Las Vegas.

This Thursday webcast on co-living development on a small, tangible scale

Does it take a gigantic investment and many years in development? Well, it depends. This Thursday, 13:00 EST / 10 AM PST, I will give a talk on a small environment in a village / cohabitation I developed with a multi-generational family house. Here is the link to sign up for this free event if you are interested.

In practice

Recently, I visited a new living space in Honolulu called Surfbreak HNL that encapsulates so much of the beauty of living in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Surfbreak was built very deliberately, with a lot of clean energy concepts integrated, in addition to the usual sustainable benefits of cohabitation. RJ Martin, one of the entrepreneurs behind Surfbreak, and a firm CleanTechnica reader, has been working on green real estate development in Hawaii for more than a decade. He sees Surfbreak as a natural development of this journey.

“We have modernized the cooled water AC system on our floor, allowing each member to control their room temperatures, whereas it was originally more of an all-or-nothing device,” he said. “In addition, we covered nearly 2,000 square feet of glass with a high-end ceramic hue that holds about 90% of the usual heat gain, further reducing the load on the building’s cooling water AC system. Despite the fact that we have about 20 members, our total electricity consumption is about 600 kWh per month. That’s about half the use of a 3-bedroom, air-conditioned house. ”

Surfbreak also engages its customers. Martin said: “We supply laundry lists, reusable bags by the lift and all silverware and utensils to counteract disposable plastic. All lighting is LED, and our talk series includes a local expert in promoting zero waste. We promote eco-tourism as our mission is ‘We leave things better than we found them.’

But the real beauty of Surfbreak and other living spaces like them is the community:

Biki is Honolulu’s bicycle sharing system. Residents of Surfbreak are encouraged to use this as a sustainable form of transportation rather than trying to own their own bikes, as Surfbreak buys them all gift cards to get them to try it.

Community dinners.

Individual rooms, all with views.

Lots of smiles and laughter – I mean, society is priceless, right?

co-working and co-living go together!

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