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Burning Man is not Home

Posted in Burning Man, Community, Societal Values on September 4th, 2011 by leodirac – 7 Comments

“Welcome home” is the standard greeting people hear when they first arrive at Black Rock City, the city which is Burning Man.  For many return visitors, this phrase embodies why they keep coming back to endure the long travel and harsh dusty conditions.  Black Rock City (BRC) feels like home in a way they can’t […]

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Co-housing: Picking your housemates

Posted in Co-housing, Community, Seattle on July 23rd, 2011 by leodirac – Comments Off on Co-housing: Picking your housemates

So you’ve found some folks you think you might want to live with.  Or maybe they’re awesome friends whom you’re super excited to live with.  Either way, before signing a lease (or a mortgage!) it’s important to do your due diligence and try to figure out how well you’ll get along living together. If it’s […]

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Ignite video on Advanced Co-Housing Techniques

Posted in Co-housing, Community, Ego, Seattle on June 26th, 2011 by leodirac – 1 Comment

My Ignite talk from April on Advanced Co-Housing Techniques has been posted.  This is my best 5-minute summary on the joys of living with friends, and some techniques for making it work.  For some deeper thoughts than what I could fit into those 5 minutes, check out the community section here.

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Economies of scale with Group Living

Posted in Co-housing, Community, Societal Values on February 16th, 2011 by leodirac – Comments Off on Economies of scale with Group Living

One of the advantages to group housing is that there are many opportunities to take advantage of economies of scale. That is, there are many required activities that scale non-linearly with the number of residents. A simple example is any activity which is required for the house but only requires a single person to take […]

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Co-housing: We are not alone

Posted in Co-housing, Community, Geography, Seattle, Societal Values on February 14th, 2011 by leodirac – 2 Comments

One point I didn’t get a chance to make in my Ignite talk on Advanced Co-housing Techniques is that we are not alone.  It’s easy to listen to one guy singing on stage about how happy he is in his modern techno-hippy commune and dismiss him as a freak.  While I might be a freak, we are […]

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Group Housing and Co-housing styles

Posted in Community on February 12th, 2011 by leodirac – Comments Off on Group Housing and Co-housing styles

I said in my Ignite talk on Group Housing that a primary motivator for us was to build a village to raise our kids in.  There are lots of different styles of villages you can build in a modern city.  Before we found our house, we explored several alternatives.  We also were aware of several […]

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Co-Housing Governance: Democracy vs Consensus

Posted in Co-housing, Community, Societal Values on February 11th, 2011 by leodirac – 5 Comments

In my Ignite Seattle talk about Advanced Co-Housing Techniques, I mis-spoke about governance.  I said that our house is run as a democracy, which actually isn’t a very accurate representation.  Democracies are clearly sustainable forms of governance, but they tend to leave a bunch of people unhappy in many decisions.  Up to half the residents […]

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Advanced Co-Housing Techniques

Posted in Co-housing, Community, Ego, Seattle on February 9th, 2011 by leodirac – 7 Comments

Here’s my presentation for Ignite Seattle 13.  It’s lessons from the trenches of living in a large group house. Or you can watch the original presentation on video. The topics I touch on are: Raising kids in a group house Choosing your housemates How to deal with somebody needing to sell their share of a […]

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Madison Market’s support of Estrella Creamery values community over health

Posted in Community, Health, Seattle, Societal Values on January 17th, 2011 by leodirac – 1 Comment

Below is an open letter I sent to the board of directors of Madison Market, a co-op grocery store near Capitol Hill in Seattle. Hello Board of Directors, I am writing to express my deep concern with your active support of Estrella Creamery.  I have been a long-time supporter of yours going back to the […]

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2009: A Year of Commitments

Posted in Community, Economics, Ego, Personal Growth on December 17th, 2009 by leodirac – 1 Comment

As the year wraps up, I’d like to share some of the major events that have happened in my life recently. Many of my readers will be well aware of these events, but I recognize that personal news travels through a variety of channels, and all of those channels are unreliable. (I’ll save the diatribe on why Facebook is a horrible way to keep up with friends for another day.) For readers who are looking for insightful analysis of technology, my apologies. Note the “ego” tag. This is a personal update but does contain a little insight into real-estate finance….

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