|Hi from Don @ CoHousing Journal||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: DLinde (DLindeaol.com)|
|Date: Tue, 26 Jul 94 21:21 CDT|
At Fred Olson's suggestion, I am taking this opportunity to introduce myself to the other participants here. I am Don Lindemann, managing editor of the CoHousing Journal, a quarterly publication that many of you are probably familiar with. I am separately posting a table of contents for the current issue under the subject line "CoHousing Journal - Summer 94". I have not yet had a chance to view most of the comments over the past several weeks as I've been travelling up and down the West Coast. (I even met Rob Sandelin face-to-face -- imagine that!). However, I made extensive use of the April and May files for my article on Cooking and Dining in the current issue. (Thanks again to several participants who agreed to let me quote from their postings.) >From now on I plan to monitor the internet discussion as much as I can, and perhaps even pipe up now and then. I think of myself as an observer/journalist rather than some kind of cohousing "expert" (although I recently completed a master's degree in city planning/housing development at the University of California, Berkeley). I do not yet live in cohousing, although I've been actively involved with the Journal (let's call it Cohousing-J) since it was a thin newsletter in 1991. I've visited many groups and communities along the way -- just call me the Peripatetic CoHouser. I work closely on the journal with editor-in-chief Bill Paiss, a founder of the Rocky Mountain CoHousing Association and now a resident of the Nyland community who also consults with groups around the country. We both hope this electronic forum will provide a convenient way for cohousing enthusiasts (the computer-literate ones, at least) to give us informal feedback as well as suggestions for future directions. Cohousing-J has usually been an eclectic assortment of news, articles about aspects of the development process and accounts of life in cohousing communities. It will probably remain eclectic (reflecting our diverse audience), although we would like to continue the recent trend of including longer, in-depth pieces on specific topics. Anybody want to propose an article? Issues in the coming year will probably address recruitment/marketing, legal/financial structures and site design -- we're still wrestling with possibilities for the upcoming fall issue. Please note that the fall issue will contain an updated list of cohousing contacts around the U.S. and Canada -- so if you have any additions or corrections for the version we published in the Spring, please send me a note (DLINDE [at] AOL.COM) (or P.O. Box 2584, Berkeley CA 94702). You can also send status reports (a paragraph or two about your group including group name and contact name/phone) to me and I will forward them to the appropriate editor for inclusion in one of our regional editions. (We have 6 editions for the U.S. and 2 for Canada; our sysop suggests that I tack a note about subscriptions to my separate posting of the Table of Contents.) I've really enjoyed what I've seen so far in cyberspace -- the medium definitely has some advantages, although I suspect there will be a niche for the printed word for some time to come. Good luck to all of you.
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