Community Policy Hackathon

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This hack-athon will bring together co-housers to collaborate on community policy. Rather than reinventing the wheel, attendees can call on the experience of other communitarians to draft policies relevant to community life. Template policies will be provided as guidance on a number of topics (eg pets, parking, membership, visitors, short term rentals) as a starting point for a hands-on session. Participants will select a topic relevant to their community and break into small groups to workshop the template into a more tailored, draft policy document to bring back to their community.


Participants will:

  • Apply the knowledge of other communities’ experiences around policy
  • Draft a policy document in a supportive environment that can be applied to their community context
  • Form connections with communities as future resources

Speaker: Caitlin Cameron

Caitlin Cameron is the Project Director for the Thrive Ithaca Ecovillage Education Center – the education and outreach arm of Ecovillage at Ithaca originally conceived by the founders as Learn@Ecovillage. With a background in architecture and city planning, her experience and interests include food systems, design policy, smart growth and sustainable design and development. Originally from Carmel, Indiana, Caitlin has also lived and worked in San Francisco, Boston, and Maine, most recently as the Urban Designer for the City of Portland. No stranger to Ithaca, she studied architecture at Cornell University and has a Masters in City Planning from MIT.