Education & Community Outreach
Living in community is a set of skills that can be shared and acquired.
Providing a space for people to learn from and teach each other these skills helps us improve our community by learning from each other, and enables others to create and implement their own visions of community. Having more open educational events also helps us explain to others what it is that we’re doing and why.
Together we can build stronger relationships.
As with bulk food buying, pooling our resources gives us better access and better pricing for the services that many of us use, and so we negotiate agreements with other community organizations on behalf of our members. Working together we can also foster better relationships with the geographic neighborhoods that we’re part of, and other civic organizations within the city.
The Boulder Housing Coalition runs a series of workshops in the fall developing community living skills, meant to orient new members of both the BHC and other independent cooperative households.
Topics typically covered include:
- non-violent communication
- meeting facilitation
- consensus decision making
- privilege & anti-oppression awareness, and
- conflict resolution/mediation
In addition, members of the BoCHA Advocacy Committee have run workshops on how to start a new rental cooperatives, how to prepare for an occupancy inspection, how to be a good neighbor, general civic engagement, ballot parties and even a City Council candidate forum during the 2013 election.
Within the BoCHA community there are also frequent opportunities to learn specialized skills like household budgeting and accounting, how to comply with the Fair Housing Act in membership processes, and how to manage a functional household system of labor and accountability.
Individuals from our households often organize their own skill-sharing events on topics including cheese making, fermenting pickles, brewing cider, vegetable gardening, massage, bicycle repair, website design, and even retirement investing.
Building Community Relationships
As with bulk food purchasing, pooling our resources gives us better access and better pricing for the services that many of us use. We have negotiated several agreements with other organizations in Boulder on behalf of our community, including reduced fees and rates for using Boulder’s local non-profit car sharing service eGo Carshare. Reduced cost memberships to Boulder Bcycle. Enhanced services from the Elevations Credit Union for our members, household memberships to Community Cycles, and others.
Our members are also active in organizing and supporting some of Boulder’s many neighborhood EcoPass districts, including the Flatirons Neighborhood, Dewey to Alpine, and the newly formed West Whittier EcoPass district.