50+ and affordable
From: Marganne (margannemacnexus.org)
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 10:53:18 -0700 (PDT)
I'm torn between trying to keep this topic on the main list and starting a separate mailing list. I suppose the large numbers of private responses I received appeal to one side of the issue, yet I received an equal number of responses (so far) on the main list.

I agree with Sharon that there would be a great give and take of valuable information on this topic if kept on the main list. Even if another e-mail list is formed, I'd want to remain on this list to share information.

Unlike Sharon, I'm unable to keep up with multiple posts to multiple lists on topics I want to learn more about. For my purposes, I see this list and the Small Home Society e-mail list (also very active) together. I've also been 'trolling' a wide variety of message boards that attract this specific demographic.

For now, I will stick with this topic on this main list.I encourage those who have sent private e-mail to consider posting to this list although I will respond privately. I have some ideas for setting something up that wouldn't separate information from being posted on this list. I'll see if my idea works out and let you know. So, if anyone else decides to set up a group focused on this topic, please let me know. I'll do the same.

At 8:23 AM -0400 6/28/07, Sharon Villines wrote:
On Jun 28, 2007, at 4:20 AM, Marganne wrote:

 I'm open to suggestions about how those of us who fit this
 demographic (or close to it) can connect to figure out how to modify
 the standard cohousing model to meet the needs of the 50+ boomers
 without kids. Or maybe I'm missing another way of looking at what I'd
 like to create for myself as I get older.

I would really like to see this discussion in the list -- not taken to a separate list. I have some suggestions for moving it forward here. I moderate a lot of lists and from time to time join a lot more. Whenever I want to learn about a new subject, I go to YahooGroups and join every list related to the topic. That allows me to connect with experts fast, but it also allows me to see how lists are run and why some are good and some are useless.

One thing that makes a good discussion is a moderator. This list has a good moderator so over all it is a long lasting, on-topic, generative list. (Thanks, Fred!).

But it also needs moderator functions applied to specific discussions -- different functions, but still taking things in hand.

Name your discussion -- minimalist 50+ singles -- so people can follow the thread. In cohousing a location often does this focusing. Without a location, you need to create a focus.

From time to time, summarize where you are so far. Take some risks -- be a leader. Some one will disagree with you because they have different goals but you focus yours and those of the group you are forming around yourself.

Any discussions about how to make housing more affordable will appeal
to everyone and there are some answers out there. Someone just needs
to pull them together.

But please don't start a new list -- it just isolates the discussion and drains this one. The most active lists are big, focused ones (or time-limited, special project lists).

Sharon Villines

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