Your Green Homestead announced the winner of 2020 Highest Rated Entry Award
Story about the first cohousing community in Nashville, TN inspires intentional community movement in the area
As usual, the highest number of popular votes in four categories determined the winning essay in 2020, "Hold the Vision and They Will Build It" – How Germantown Cohousing Community appeared in Nashville, Tennessee (Founder's account) by Diana Sullivan, the Principal commercial real estate developer at New American Villages.
Diana shared in her essay how the core group was formed with an intention to design, fund, and build a 25-unit townhouse community according to a collective vision and many critical decisions along the way. After the cohousing community was built several years ago, the consensus discussion process and various collective decisions by its residents continue to this day.
As many people noticed, 2020 was a busy year for a lot of the sustainability oriented groups and organizations, including registered members of YGH online community. Just the number of the event posts on Your Green Homestead tripled in 2020 compared with 2019, and many of these events contained multi-day gatherings and summits produced in cooperation with numerous groups and experts.
"It has been inspirational to witness the enthusiasm and dedication of all our continuing and new partner organizations putting together exciting events and voting for the contest entries!" said Natalia Smothers, founder of Your Green Homestead. "Each organization is bringing its unique perspective and contribution to the overall sustainability effort creating a synergistic effect that is greater than the sum of the individual programs. It is clear that the sustainability movement is gaining its momentum!"
Following Diana Sullivan's example, advice, and experience, another group in Nashville area, New Hope Village and Farm, began its community building activities in 2020. NHVF combined the search for the right property with a series of educational weekly cohousing discussion group meetings on zoom dedicated to the topics of the community vision, personal growth, inclusivity, financial issues, and consensus 101 training for communications and decision making.
"I am greatly humbled by the exponentially growing interest in cohousing and other forms of intentional communities in the Middle Tennessee area," said Diana Sullivan, the recipient of the 2020 Your Green Homestead Award. "I am aware of at least five groups that already began the initial community planning process in Cheatham, Robertson, Lewis, and Lawrence Counties in Tennessee in addition to New Hope Village and Farm. This is exciting!"
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