Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Affordable Housing for Young & Old

Hi - it's Tatjana. 

Upon the death of my mother-in-law, Meta Buchheim, last November 26th, 2013, I channeled my experience and energy of grief into a new project: The Senior Roommate Housing Project Mar Vista - exploring how we might redefine independent living for seniors.

To see a write up featured in the Mar Vista Neighborhood Association see here (page 2), written by Jean Roth, owner of Rotem Design Studio. Jean attended my MOVE! Women's Conference in  2013. Little did we know that our paths will cross again. 2 weeks after Meta's passing, I received a text from Jean.Turns out Jean and my mother-in-law are cousins, 2nd generation. They only lived a few miles from one another, for the past 18th years, and had no idea about each other's existence. Strange how we got connected after Meta's death. Meta would have loved Jean! 

On March 8th, 2014 I hosted my first community event on the topic. Venue was courtesy of Sivandanda Yoga Vedanta Center in Los Angeles. Purpose: to explore the interest, needs, goals and desires of our seniors (and adult children of seniors) as it relates to prolonging independent living in private homes, hence the concept of collaborative roommate housing as an affordable option.

To my surprise, 15 out of the 18 attendees where women. One woman was a home owner, whereas 70% of the attendees were women in their middle ages seeking "affordable housing" for themselves.


Affordable Housing for young and old:
It's obvious that the need for affordable housing and caring for each other is not just affecting our seniors. Affordable housing is affecting everyone. With the crash of the economy in 2008, many women and men found themselves unemployed for the first time, not only catalyzing an identity crisis, but truly stretching our most basic survival needs. Some may have consciously opted out from the corporate culture. Others enjoyed new life events of becoming mothers yet still need to stay engaged in the working world. Unfortunately corporate family policies in the US are not the greatest, not allowing for the flexibility that parents need. Then there is the experience of "age discrimination". And others recognize the gap in skill-development within today's fast moving world of ever changing technology. Regardless the reason that led to unemployment, we all seem to face a time of "transition". Not being able to pay rent and have a stable home makes it hard to "reinvent" oneself. Hence, a home sharing arrangement might just be the solution for old and young as we collectively navigate a new future of a "shared economy".

Below are the findings of the 2-hour process I facilitated on March 8th. I engaged the group into a conversation around:
  • Current challenges around independent living
  • Impact on children becoming caregivers
  • Exploring existing and new living solutions
  • Benefits for homeowners renting out
  • Benefits for home seekers renting from a home owner



































If you would like to organize a group of 10 - 20 people who are interested in this topic let me know. I'm happy to facilitate the process to get a "conversation" started in your neighborhood.


Resources:
Here are a few resources I gathered over the last couple months. I received these from varies women and men interested in this concept of supporting our seniors in our community, as well as creating "affordable housing for young and old".

Audio / Interview:
Listen to my interview I conducted with Rachel Caraviello, VP, Programs and Services at ALA - a nonprofit that provides seniors with affordable housing, low-income apartment referrals, and resources to find roommates and supportive services:
Affordable Living for the Aging


Articles:
Home sharing: A growing option for many older adults
Female Baby Boomers Are Pioneering a New Housing Model
Golden Girl Homes - Advancing Shared Housing


Other Resources:
RentFreeUSA
Find and hire senior home caregivers
National Shared Housing Directory


So long for now!

- Tatjana
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Skill-Building Workshop for Women: Social Media 101


The Skool MeetUp for Women decided to launch a 6-months “Skill-building workshop series” for its female members, which we started in March 2014 through August 2014. Each month we are featuring a guest expert  to help you cultivate your ideas & grow your vision, project, product, service or business. Each workshop takes place every last Tuesday of the month from 7 - 10pm followed by a support call 2 weeks later:




April 29th Workshop:

Social Media 101, with guest experts Nisha Maxwell and Jennifer Newton, Founder of Ideations Communications



ABOUT IDEATIONS COMMUNICATIONS:
At Ideations Communications, our goal is to make communications strategies and services accessible to businesses of all types and sizes. With this in mind, we have created numerous options for communication services ranging from training the company or individual to manage their own communications to Ideations handling all communications from strategy to implementation. We help with PR, marketing, social media and branding for entrepreneurs, startups & small business.



To learn more about Ideations check out their website
  • Workshop rate: $85
  • Sign-up deadline: Friday, April 18th, 2014




HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA 101 WORKSHOP:

  1. Sign up to become a FREE MeetUp member: "The Skool MeetUp for Women"
  2. Purchase your ticket "Social Media 101" via Paypal below:




Includes:
  • 3hr in-person workshop with guest expert to help you cultivate your ideas & grow your vision, project, product, service or businesses
  • Support call-in:
    Remote support check-in with entire group via GoToMeeting 2 weeks after workshop
    (the call will also be recorded and emailed to you)
  • Receive exclusive discounts and offers from our experts
  • Continuously connect, collaborate & get support from like-minded women
  • Build your confidence in an intimate & safe environment






WHEN:
  1. April 29th, 7 - 10pm at NextSpace
  2. May 13th, 7:15 - 8:15pm (virtual support call-in)


WHERE:

NextSpace Culver City Conference Room
9415 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232















ABOUT THE SKOOL MEETUP FOR WOMEN:

The Skool MeetUp for Women is a monthly meeting and was established in January 2013 by Tatjana Luethi, Skool Lead Coach, and Jose Caballer, CEO of The Skool. The focus is about creating a new kind of culture and relatedness amongst women and generating an economic infrastructure that includes the POV, approach and values of women. Throughout the year the members benefited from tools and strategies co-lead by Tatjana and Jose to help them cultivate their ideas and grow their vision personally and professionally.

In February 2014, Tatjana collectively designed a new curriculum with the members which will allow each woman to achieve her individual goals, as well as scale the vision for the group.


  • Vision: Creating a new culture and economic infrastructure amongst women!


Want to be part of this movement? Join us on April 29th! 
- Tatjana


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Friday, March 14, 2014

Skill-Building Workshops for Women



The Skool MeetUp for Women presents a 6-months Skill-Building Workshop Series:
March 25th Workshop: Build a Website Easily and Quickly, with guest expert Lucy Beer Lucy is the founder of WebTrainingWheels, specializing in teaching small businesses and entrepreneurs how to use WordPress to build websites for their businesses. In this month's workshop Lucy will be walking us through step-by-step how to set up and create your own website.
Got specific questions for Lucy, submit your questions “here




EVERY MONTH YOU'LL GET:
  • To meet one “Guest Expert” teaching various topics to help you cultivate your ideas & grow your vision, project, product, service or businesses
  • 3 hr in-person workshops with guest expert, takes place every last Tuesday of the month for next 6 months
  • Virtual Roundtable: Remote check-in with entire group via GoToMeeting 2 weeks after every workshop (will also be recorded and emailed to you)
  • Receive exclusive discounts and offers from our experts
  • Coach / teach your topic of expertise and professional experience to our group (optional)
  • Continuously connect, collaborate & get support from like-minded women
  • Build your confidence in an intimate & safe environment

WHEN & WHERE:
Every last Tuesday of the month: 7 – 10pm
NextSpace Culver City Conference Room 9415 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232











HOW TO REGISTER:
A) For current members: $45/month


  • To Sign up for the automatic PayPal payment set-up for 6 month: click “here
  • Sign-up deadline: Thu, March 20th, 2013


  • B) For new members:
    • 6-month workshop series for new members: $65/month
    • To Sign up for the automatic PayPal payment set-up for 6 month: click “here
    • Sign-up deadline: Thu, March 20th, 2013


    C) For monthly drop-in: $85 per event
    • For those who choose to attend periodically)
    • Sign up to become a FREE MeetUp member: "Skool MeetUp For Women"
    • For a 1 time payment click “here”. 
    • Sign-up deadline: Thu, March 20th, 2013


    UPCOMING TOPICS REQUESTED BY GROUP:

    • How to do Social Media (Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, etc)
    • How to create a Sales Strategy / Plan
    • How to create a Marketing Plan
    • How to do Lead Generation
    • How to attract Media Partners
    • How to set up eCommerce
    • How to write a Business Plan
    • How to merge who I am with my profession and thrive?



    ABOUT THE SKOOL MEETUP FOR WOMEN:


    The Skool MeetUp for Women is a monthly meeting and was established in January 2013 by Tatjana Luethi, Skool Lead Coach, and Jose Caballer, CEO of The Skool. The focus is about creating a new kind of culture and relatedness amongst women and generating an economic infrastructure that includes the POV, approach and values of women. Throughout the year the members benefited from tools and strategies co-lead by Tatjana and Jose to help them cultivate their ideas and grow their vision personally and professionally.



    In January and February 2014, Tatjana collectively designed a new curriculum with the members which will allow each woman to achieve her individual goals, as well as scale the vision for the group.



    Vision: Creating a new culture and economic infrastructure amongst women!


    So long for now,


    - Tatjana



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    How to create successful events?

    In 2013, Jose Caballer and I produced 3 conferences, 12 monthly meetup's, weekly podcasts, and countless workshops. What has been the secret to Jose Caballer and I producing so many successful events last year?
    Let me share a little secret with you - it all has to do with our "approach".
    For example, let's look at the last Skool MeetUp for Women meeting this past February. If you attended you got to witness the approach in full action. What you saw me apply to our conversation is a combination of various tools, principles and practices:
    1. Customer-centric process
    2. Agile Project Management
    3. 21st Century value-based interaction


    So what does that mean?
    1. A customer-centric process is one that focuses on the customers needs and goals. It becomes your driver to develop relevant services and products for your clients. Yup, that's right, you can let go of thinking you need to know it all, and let the customers inform you.
    2. I incorporated principles used in agile project management, originally derived from the software world. In our case we simply adapt the principles to "human interaction" i.e., organic conversations & flexible objectives (versus rigidly holding onto our vision, structure and approach). Which allowed me to easily adjust how to best serve everyone's needs, and iterate on how we'll approach helping everyone reach their personal & professional goals for 2014.
    3. All of this while interacting with each other inside of a 21st Century value-based paradigm (authentic, sincere, collaborative, collective, co-creative). 

    The Result?
    We collectively designed a new curriculum for The Skool MeetUp for Women which will allow us to achieve our individual and group goals, as well as scale our vision for 2014.

    In short, for the next 6 months, we collectively decided to immerse ourselves into intensive skill-building workshops.

    If you are interested to check out the curriculum we created, and find out about our guest expert speaker series for March, please see here.



    ABOUT THE SKOOL MEETUP FOR WOMEN:

    The Skool MeetUp for Women is a monthly meeting and was established in January 2013 by Tatjana Luethi, Skool Lead Coach, and Jose Caballer, CEO of The Skool. The focus is about creating a new kind of culture and relatedness amongst women and generating an economic infrastructure that includes the POV, approach and values of women. Throughout the year the members benefited from tools and strategies co-lead by Tatjana and Jose to help them cultivate their ideas and grow their vision personally and professionally.



    In January and February 2014, Tatjana collectively designed a new curriculum with the members which will allow each woman to achieve her individual goals, as well as scale the vision for the group.


    Join the movement! Women supporting Women in re-defining their lives and career while reshaping our culture and society!

    So long for now,

    - Tatjana


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    Monday, February 24, 2014

    Conflict - a necessity for change and progress?

    Hi - it's Tatjana. 

    "Conflict is normal, it's human", Dorit says. "In fact, conflict is necessary to create change and progress. Most people, however, have not developed the capacity on how to engage with and transcend conflict towards generative relations". 

    Wow, I never looked at it this way. However, Dorit Cypis, award-winning artist and professional conflict mediator was the catalyst for that new insight and perspective I gained.

    I was deeply impacted by those words.

    As I was listening to Dorit, my mind travelled back to when I was a child - revisiting my experiences with conflict and its consequential associations I developed. Conflict was something negative. It was detrimental. It was black and white. It shattered my world. It hurt. When in conflict, love and relatedness disappear ... that's the belief (or meaning) I developed in childhood and repetitively re-enacted throughout adulthood.

    "Adulthood is about finishing unfinished business from Childhood"

    As I'm traveling through my time line from childhood into adulthood, I recognize my pattern. I can see how I move into a defensive mode and withhold affection, love, connection or relatedness from the other. It's my way of instinctual self-preservation, and a form of punishment towards the other for the hurt and pain he / she caused. In that world, it's very black and white. It's either conflict, or love, but you can't mix the two of them. It's an "either or" scenario I learned from those around me. Deep down I prefer it calm, peaceful, and harmonious. However, conflict is part of life, it can't be avoided. As I continue my contemplative review it's evident that this mindset doesn't serve me nor does it empower the other. It's time to evolve and transform that pattern. It's my responsibility to do so. It's time to explore a new, more wholesome and generative approach.

    What becomes possible when we really listen to the other's point of view? What happens when we can become open and deeply curious about the other's approach? What emerges when we begin to accept creative diversity (different ways of thinking and different ways of doing)? And what practices can we explore so as to integrate new, conscious and empowering interactions into our daily life when faced with challenging dynamics and conflict?


    Please join me in a conversation with guest speakers:


    as we collectively engage in deep conversations and integrative practices at the upcoming workshop KNOW YOURSELF:

    A 7-week workshop for creative women who want to learn proven tools and strategies to fully express and empower themselves in any situation! 
    • Every Wednesday evening for 7 weeks
    • Starts March 12th - April 23rd in West Los Angeles
    • Telecourse participation available if you live remote
    • For details and to reserve your ticket visit here
    • 2 for 1 ticket at Early Bird expires Monday, Feb 24th at 11.30pm


    About the speakers:

    Runa Bouius
    Conscious Leadership Catalyst


    Runa is the founder of Runa Bouius Consulting. Born in Iceland, Runa built one of the largest importing business in the country in the field of cosmetics and perfume, representing a large portfolio of internationally known brands. She is also the founder of Runora LLC, a conscious leadership consulting firm, speaking and working as a personal guide to business and thought leaders as well as designing, producing, and facilitating transformational programs and retreats for teams, companies, and professional groups such as YPO (Yound Presidents' Organization) and WPO (World Presidents'Organization). Runa is also the co-founder of the Conscious Leader Network with focus on promoting Conscious Leadership in business and life. Runa sits on the advisory boards of the Red Wind Councils, and has spoken at conferences such as The International Conference on Business and Consciousness, Women's International Networking, and the Conscious Capitalism Institute Conference.

    During our KNOW YOURSELF workshop, Runa will be joining us for one evening to share with us her experience, insights and her top 5 tips on how to identify and commit to a practice that will allow you to integrate your authentic self with your vision regardless the situation and circumstances.

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    Award-winning Artist and Innovative Professional Mediator


    Dorit's work exploring identity and social relations through psychological and political screens has been presented at major museums in the North America and Europe. Through her art practice Dorit came to the study of Conflict Resolution, and in 2007 founded Foreign Exchanges to offer conflict transformation services, offering mediation, training and coaching to build bridges across personal and cultural differences.

    Dorit is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders, has served as Chair of the Middle East Initiative and Leader of the MBB Los Angeles Chapter. Dorit founded Kulture Klub Collaborative, connecting professional artists with homeless teens to bridge survival and inspiration. Dorit has taught on the complexity of cultural and personal difference throughout the USA, Canada, Israel, Holland and France, creating innovative cross cultural tools. She earned a Masters of Fine Art, California Institute for the Arts, and Masters of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University.

    During our KNOW YOURSELF workshop, Dorit will join us for an evening to discuss with us her perspective that conflict is “human” and necessary for change and progress. Dorit will share with us the top 3 tools to build your capacity to engage and transcend challenging dynamics and conflict towards generative relations. 


    So long for now!

    - Tatjana


    P.S. 
    Are you a Cultural Creative? Check out my last blog and listen to this FREE interview by Paul Ray, social research scientist, talking about a new emerging subculture: How 50 million people are changing the World!

    P.P.S. Join us for our FREE community meeting regarding the Senior Roommate Housing Project: Re-defining independent living for our seniors in our immediate community! 

    P.P.P.S. Words of Wisdom:
    "Through inner work, our consciousness becomes a fertile condition for our conscious participation in our evolution, rather than a natural selection process driven by external conditions." - Michael Bernard Beckwith
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