Wales community led-housing network – a celebration of Robert Owen

Communities Creating Homes hosts a one-off network event looking back at Owen’s housing schemes and looking forward to the future of collaborative and community led housing in the UK.

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May 2021 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Welsh community housing pioneer Robert Owen. To mark the occasion the Wales Co-operative Centre’s Communities Creating Homes team are hosting a one-off network event looking back at Owen’s housing schemes and looking forward to the future of collaborative and community led housing in the UK.

Owen rose from apprentice to mill owner and later was lauded as a Utopian thinker and one of the inspirators of the co-operative movement. He created better quality housing for his workers in New Lanark, some of which are still in use today as social housing. But he also pumped a vast fortune into Harmony, one of the great ironically named historic failures in community led housing, a costly experiment in social living which ended in disagreement and dispute.

Rich and fertile ground then to talk about Robert Owen, ideas around success and failure, and the pioneering ideas and ideals moving the community-led housing movement forward today. For this session we’ve invited Chris Coates, author of Utopia Britannica and himself a co-housing pioneer, Maureen Jones, Cynthia Brathwaite and David Francis from Chapeltown Cohousing, who have created an inclusive approach and an innovative financial model for their housing development in Leeds, and Simin Wadiwala from Student Coop Homes, one of the new generation of co-operators , looking to take the movement forward.

The session will be in English. You will receive the joining instructions by email prior to the event, please check your spam/junk.

Wales Community-led Housing Network - 20 May 2021

A one-off network event looking back at Owen’s housing schemes and looking forward to the future of collaborative and community led housing in the UK.

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