Operating a co-living space is real work

Physical Proximity or Shared Interest, By our member Ryan Fix, founder of Pure House and a co-founder of PUREHOUSE LAB.

Coliving Research

Generally speaking, community emerges organically and usually based on physical proximity or shared interest. However, with co-living, operators use design principles to foster the emergence of community. There are three primary aspects that, when applied together, invite a communal bonds. The communication of a culture based on aspirational values or shared interests is the most effective manner to attract individuals that desire to form communal bonds. Ideally, these are not dogmatic in any fashion. The second aspect is curation, which can in part be thought of as the process of on-boarding or integration of an individual into the culture formed by the community. If the communication of the values and culture is effective, curation generally is self-selective and any exclusion is rarely applied for the safety and security of the community. The last and most essential aspect are the experiences which individuals in the community share. These can range from daily rituals like shared meals to gardening, to excursions and a variety of events. Without shared experiences, communal bonds cannot form. While not essential, by applying a physical design that maximizes positive friction among community members, shared experiences emerge more fluidly. An additional aspect that is important in promoting connection is the fostering of safe space for people to connect and share of themselves more freely. Inviting vulnerability in how we share is a powerful technique in fostering safe space. Together, these are the most effective aspects to fostering a nurturing community.

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