|RMCA's Cohousing video tape||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Diane Simpson (dqsworld.std.com)|
|Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 18:40:58 -0600|
>------------------------------ >Now that we are gearing up to recruit for Homewood Cohousing ** >I'm thinking of sending off for the tape but decided to solicit >reviews here. I presume it covers only new construction cohousing. >I also wonder if it covers the special challenges of cohousing in very >urban settings. >Fred >Fred H. Olson fholson [at] tc.umn.edu >(612)588-9532 Amateur radio: WB0YQM List manager of: >Cohousing-L See http://www.cohousing.org/ and >Twin Cities Neighborhood issues list. See http://freenet.msp.mn.us/ >------------------------------ Fred--I've had the tape for five months now, and I find it to be an excellent overall introduction to the cohousing concept. I've shown it at the local library and at our group meetings. It's only 22 minutes long, plenty long enought to explain cohousing but not so long that people get bored or jittery. Plus, the interviews themselves are lively and interesting. The vast majority of the tape consists of interviews. They interview old people, they interview kids, they interview middle-aged people. They also keep in the negative things that people say. One woman said she would have liked a little more privacy when she was going through a divorce. Another woman said she had hoards of people over her house all the time (but that was her own fault--she invited them all there! She had to learn to set limits.) I've watched the tape three or four times and I cannot recall having seen any examples of urban cohousing. Also, since it is an overall introduction to the concept for people who've never heard of cohousing, it never gets into the nitty-gritty of how you actually go about creating a cohousing community, or how much it costs. There's one shot of a meeting and someone saying "There's lots of meetings!" but there's no discussion of group process or what a group really needs to know in order to be able to work together effectively, or what is the definition of a "core group." But I think those are small cavils considering the overall excellence of the tape and the professionalism with which it was made. I would recommend it without hesitation for your recruiting meetings. Also, in case you're interested, Ann Zabaldo is the keeper of the cohousing buttons. They're 3" across, purple and white, so they really show up. They say "Ask Me About Cohousing" over a line art drawing of houses. They're $1.00 each, plus shipping. Write to Ann in care of: Az You Like It Cards P.O. Box 1891 Washington, D.C. 20013-1891. The phone number there is (202) 546-4654 While you're at it, order some cards! help keep Ann in business--she's a great gal! --------Diane;.) @@ @@ @@@@ Diane Simpson http://world.std.com/~dqs @@@@ | | J P C O H O U S I N G N E T W O R K | | | "| 263 Chestnut Ave. #1 |" | | V| Boston, MA 02130-4436 617-522-2209 |V | ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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