|Annual Report - The Cohousing Network||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Roy O'Shaughnessy (rlosearthlink.net)|
|Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 03:31:06 -0700 (MST)|
This is a response to the great comments concerning the production of an Annual Report on Cohousing and the concerns expressed relating to the one item - grade point averages. As stated in the original note this is the first time we are preparing an Annual Report and we are determining the best information to include. The list that was submitted to Cohousing-List was a compilation of what had been suggested to date (by members) and is still simply a brain storming list. The Annual Report is primarily a tool that can be used when educating non cohousing people about cohousing, it's main intent is to build credibility so that a bank, or a builder, or a local government officer, with no familiarity with cohousing - can be reassured when approached about financing, a building project, or a permit - that cohousing is stronger than any one community and is indeed a national movement. We have most of the information or can access it for this primary purpose. However, the secondary purpose, is to provide factual, statistical data for people who have never considered cohousing as an option but may when presented with factual data concerning cohousing communities - is crime really lower in cohousing communities, do property values really remain higher, do children like living in cohousing, etc? As has been suggested much of this information needs to be collected statistically and not in a general way. I agree. However, the purpose of the request for information is to be sure we have solicited any information that may be "out there" - someone may have done a thesis on one of these topics or compiled statistical data on a segment of the cohousing community, and if so we would like to be aware of that information. The "grade point averages" was suggested by a member as part of a response to an individual interested in cohousing and asking what data was available in several different areas. It was added to the list to see if there had been any studies done in the larger context of education and cohousing. It was never intended to be seen as individual families or communities submitting information. I agree with the sentiments expressed concerning this question over the past few days and I am appreciative of the responses and concerns raised. The Cohousing Network needs your input so that we can better represent cohousing across the country. Please contact me directly if you are interested in volunteering, serving on a team, or getting involved in any way. Again, many thanks, for your thoughtful responses. Roy O'Shaughnessy rlos [at] earthlink.net _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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