RE: The decline of cohousing L
From: Landress, Scott (CICG - NY Mortgages) (
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 1998 10:01:24 -0600
As a newcomer, there seems to be a lot of activity on this list.

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> Reply To:     ganesh [at]
> Sent:         Monday, January 12, 1998 10:43 AM
> Subject:      Re: The decline of cohousing L
> Rob Sandelin wrote:
> > Having been a subscriber for several years, I seem to notice much
> less
> > activity on this list. Used to be a posted question would generate a
> dozen
> > replies, and there were a dozen or so built communities on the list.
> > 
> > Lately it seems like there are not many built communties on the
> list, and
> > questions don't get answered, so the value of the list becomes less.
> I sent
> > out a status post and asked for replies and got not a one. Does this
> mean
> > nobody else is out there anymore? Or interest in posting has dropped
> off? Or
> > my email isn't getting stuff?
> It may certainly be that there aren't as many built communities
> represented here anymore.  I don't know.  Are you out there?
> One thing I did notice recently that could be contributing to the lack
> of volume is private responses to people's questions.  When I recently
> asked about how to deal with varying levels of member participation
> and
> how this affects people becoming members, I received a number of very
> helpful replies, but they all came to me personally.  I thought that a
> bit odd because I thought the topic would have some broad interest,
> although I was very happy just to receive the advice.
> To me it would seem more useful to post almost all replies to the list
> if there's even a remote chance that there will be others out there
> who
> will benefit from the information.  The replies often take the thread
> to
> whole new places that can be very interesting and informative.  It's
> kind of like what Chuck likes to talk about with regard to gathering
> nodes within a cohousing community, "Activity creates activity."  Once
> there's even just 2 people out there at the picnic table sharing a
> conversation, more will soon be joining in and soon there could very
> well be a half a dozen or more, but if that conversation is held in a
> private or in an out of the way place, there will never exist that
> catalyst which led to the bigger gathering.
> I think that the same thing holds true for us on this list.  The more
> activity that happens right here in public, the more activity that
> will
> in turn be generated.  Ideas feed ideas which feed ideas which . . . .
> .
> .
> -- 
>          Mac Thomson                   San Juan Cohousing
>          ganesh [at]                Durango, Colorado
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