Hello folks! Been a while hmmm…
We're all rather less nimble than usual and I trust you've all found ways to keep some dynamism alight. ⚡️ I obviously still can't go visit any more properties yet so to keep the project alive, at least in our minds, I did a quick plan for one that seems plausible. In Portugal, more rural, a bit closer to the sea than before, and of course considering the updated criteria… if unsurprisingly impacting costs.
Interesting for fans of mountain biking (me me!) the area hosts an annual cup race (for trailrunning too), though I'm not competitive and prefer going uphill. Rather more fab, this is the river the property is on.Cabril do Ceira by Hugo
As this lockdown shindig is likely to adversely affect some of us, not least I don't know if I'll sell my apartment this year to get things moving… so I'm no longer considering pricier properties. We may yet still have adequate pledges amongst us, and I may find a cofounder to pursue more traditional funding.
With tourism and travel standing as it is, slow and sustainable hospitality presents an opportunity given its more resilient approach.
Do update your pledge if anything's changed, and let me know all your thoughts and situations. I'm keen that we all have opportunity to sit feet in a river, holding a glass of something local, maybe with someone awesome playing ukulele in the background — before any virus might wipe us out.
I've started a page listing other's projects. River who's one of our future board and a likely exchange-network participant, has just made a lovely site live for his project in the Italian mountains. (Fancy having the ability to swap time between places?) Have a ganders and if you know others, add a comment.
I happened to have a chat with the founder of Economadia who'd done a rural coliving trial near Porto a few years back that'd inspired me. Checkout their site as it espouses some common values. There's also a bunch of folks currently working to create and promote a network dedicated to rural eco-conscious coliving (some co-owned), so keep an eye out to see how we might work together—isn't it great there's so much similarity of purpose.
(Incidentally I vaguely define purpose as why and intention as what. Thus Hub House's value of diversity supports us in a variety of 'whats' without being beholden to a single way of living. An intersection of collective approaches!)
Really looking forward to getting back to properties and beyond, yet I'll be wary as we can't know how things may pan out. I am indeed looking for a cofounder (mainly fundraising/commercial) to help move forward and eventually scale up, so if you know someone who might match, pass it on.
To wrap, maybe you can but wonder what's the point of all this talk of socially connected spaces in such times…?
There's an implicit trust in living with housemates, even if only temporarily. When (as opposed if) lockdown happens again, obviously trust couldn't extend to those visiting for just a brief getaway and they'd defer, however for those staying longer the risk of a new arrival is balanced in their value as a community member.
Outsite's CEO blogged about why they're open and it's great to hear how their diverse members use their spaces. If we look at the other side of the spectrum, Coconat are gathering a bunch of folks for slightly longer than usual retreats (under fairly strict house rules) with a bit of a discount in order to cover their costs. Households need to work together to resolve such collective threats. Personally I believe that whatever the risks (preferably mitigated!), being able to share and expand our capacities together is worthwhile, especially during challenging times.
Embrace the bubbles!