Building sustainable futures through co-living and shared spaces
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.
“The clothing and textile industry is one of the richest and most productive ones on the planet. Fast-fashion has been taking over the world in the last few decades, being the exact opposite of what can be considered sustainable living.
Is it possible to merge the ever-changing multibillion-dollar clothing industry and its need for fashionable outfits with sustainability?”
“My freedom ends where yours begins” is one of the very well-known rules that define the boundaries of our lives. Sometimes, however, these boundaries are too tight and we feel the need of going beyond and experiment, try, fail, improve, try again to fully understand what our role in the world is.
What is more important, then? The realization of our own personal talents and mission or the adherence to the boundaries of the society? Is a certain level of selfishness excusable if it is needed to accomplish our mission on this planet or is collective freedom a unbreakable ethical barrier?”
“Oscar Wilde used to say “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.“. Love can however be more complex than that, as it is one of the most thrilling, intense and yet frightening feelings you can experience. Sometimes, it can even turn into a way to escape from your own chaotic and paralyzing thoughts and emotions.”