Togetherment: Co-living with a purpose

The venture is getting going.

NEW: slides of a draft pitch deck. Check it out!

I am passionate about the benefits of people living together in groups. Key features are interacting with others, sharing resources and being a part of a bigger project. Group living is an antidote to social isolation, digital engrossment and consumerist wastefulness.

  • Mental Health: you have people who care about you, check in with you, sharing (which is caring!) you day-to-day life. In some group settings, these relationships can last a long time.
  • Spontaneity: having random interaction and unplanned engagement stimulates the brain and helps keep the heart healthy. Too much of our lives are programmed, planned and platformed.
  • Constant Learning: living with a bunch of people means learning about their lives and livelihoods, in addition to how to negotiate sharing resources and becoming okay with things not exactly the way you think you want them to be.
  • Cultivating Patience: related to being flexible (above), patience is a virtue. Not just in terms of being able to abide in time but also in the sense of forbearance – being able to hold judgement, release others from urgency, and “rolling with it…”
  • Resource Efficiency: you take up less space and share common spaces better, and you share resources like food and domestic items. You can also coordinate to share less-often used items like tools, sports equipment, and art supplies.
  • Connecting with Purpose: many group living situations enable people to connect with like-minded people to share efforts toward a common goal. This could be (and has historically been) for a religious or philosophical end, but also for public service like military or park ranger. Sometimes group living is a temporary thing like a summer camp, crisis intervention, or festival setting. Having a common connection can provide meaning and guidance to a person’s life. Sharing it with others can make it more meaningful.

There are a lot of ways living in community (living in a group) can benefit a person. The network of facilities I’m creating will enable many people to find this option. It is hard to find this type of arrangement in the US. Many group living situations are strongly tied to an employer or religious institution. Some are in the vein of communes as “intentional communities” which demand a lot of engagement and democratic participation.

Our project will enable and accommodate participation but strike a balance so it’s not too much. We will set up the systems, the technology, and the processes so people can come together without too much of a load to design systems from scratch. This is a new platform for an emerging market.

Join us and let’s see where this goes!

Contact me at greylee@gmail.com to learn more, or take a look at these pages.

NEW: slides of a draft pitch deck. Check it out!

Above is an image from a co-living in Silicon Valley called Rainbow House. I like all the books!

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