Re: Cohousing-L's 15th anniversary
From: Craig Ragland (
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2008 15:03:09 -0800 (PST)
Congrats to all who have freely shared so much value for so long. Just think
about how many groups have evolved into built communities during that span!

Across Coho-L's many years, my community, Songaia, received a lot of help
from folks on this list... both online (via the list and private mails) and
face-to-face via in-person visits both to their cohousing communities, like
Winslow Cohousing, and from Cohousing Activists, who came to our emerging

While there are so many ways that we do now pull together and help each to
spread "cohousing goodness," Coho-L has certainly proven to be one of the
best. The movement, industry, and world have all benefited from this good
work that owes much to Fred and folks that continue to give, to create, to

> On Jan 1, 2008 7:37 AM, Fred H Olson <fholson [at]> wrote:
> Tho Cohousing-L actually started on October 21, 1992, it ramped up slowly
> at first so I treat Jan 1, 1993 as the starting date of the list. In the
> first 15 years there were 27,110 messages distributed. An overall average
> of 165 messages per month in the last 5 years.

Its fun to look back now that we have really created some history - and to
look ahead. I played with the math a little, and if the Coho-L postings
continue at the five year average rate, we'll reach about 30,000 postings by
June, 2009 (near the time of the as-yet-unscheduled 2009 Annual Cohousing

Speaking of movement history, at the upcoming 2008 National Cohousing
Conference (June 12-15, 2008 in Boston), two very active cohousers plan to
share a lot more. It is believed that we recently surpassed some significant
milestones and that others lie just ahead - I'm really looking forward to
seeing what they come up with as they do the work on their presentation.

Finally, the upcoming release (v8.0 Beta) of the Cohousing Website
(presented by Coho/US at will feature some new ways to
help everybody more easily gain value from Coho-L - details to come... can
you say "teaser?"

Craig Ragland
Coho/US Exec. Dir.

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