Making Coliving Thrive
Fulfilling the potential of shared spaces to build sustainable futures
Coliving spaces – embedding sustainability, community, and wellbeing
Images: Matthew Lesniak @consciouscolivingteam
What does the future of coliving look like?
“Coliving spaces have emerged over the past few years offering community and convenience. However, the sector has not reached its full potential in tackling loneliness, over-consumption, and the environmental crisis.”
Matthew has co-founded Conscious Coliving @consciouscolivingteam, a spatial and experience design consultancy that embeds sustainability, community, and wellbeing into new and existing co-living projects.
Supporting new and existing co-living ventures to enhance their impact, community, design, and operations, they have developed The Conscious Coliving Manifesto, an open-source framework that allows you to embed sustainability, wellbeing, and community into your community. Their end to end consultancy services helps coliving projects embed sustainability and impact into the core of their business models.
We got in touch with him to share his meaningful exchanges while staying at with Human Hotel host Ralf and his young family in Berlin “We had a lovely home-cooked meal with the parents and they told all about the history of East Berlin and shared a ton of great tips for the area. It was the first time in a while that I had an authentic connection with a homeshare host.”
Seeing his life in a new light during his stay, Matthew really appreciated the return to the ‘HUMAN’ aspect of home-sharing. “The service from Human Hotel was personal and consistent and the guests I stayed with and their homes were cozy and always friendly. I often recommend Human Hotel to my friends as THE best home-sharing platform. It made me think of how I would host people in the future and what home means and what it means to invite people in a home.”
- Visit Berlin and dive into enriching history, explore the many faces of this multifaceted city.
- Collaborate with Conscious Coliving, an experience and spatial design consultancy supporting coliving ventures to enhance their operations, communities, and impact.
“In this time of uncertainty, we are called to go within to honor all our relations and reimagine the world we want to live in not just for ourselves but for all those connected with us.”
We selected 5 artists to participate in New Life Residency, living and working for one week in a completely dark exhibition space. Each artist was paired with a local blind or visually impaired Murcian assistant to collaborate with.
At first I thought I was lost; the city I was in was not on my plans, nor in my traveling map, however I decided to embrace it, if my bike had brought me here there was nothing I could do but enjoy it.