Re: Seeking advice on getting past idea stage
From: Anders Whealdon (
Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 23:26:53 -0700 (PDT)
I found this book very useful when I was looking for community a few years back:

I'm Anders, pleased to meet you.

--- On Wed, 5/27/09, River Snow <seanain [at]> wrote:

> From: River Snow <seanain [at]>
> Subject: Seeking advice on getting past idea stage
> To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at]>
> Cc: "Kim Eabry" <keabry [at]>, seneca960 [at], "willow" 
> <loveandrevolution [at]>, "Cynthia Banks" <ninibanks [at] 
>>, "Turri, Massimiliano `Max`" <turri [at]>, "Mike 
> Boss" <mboss [at]>, "River Lune" <mysterlune [at]>, 
> "robin fitzpatrick b" <storyelf [at]>, "Barbara Hegenbart" 
> <bhegenbart [at]>, "Robyn Talman" <ratalman [at]>, 
> "Anders" <stellarseed [at]>, "Chris Dunn" <pagingdrshiva [at] 
>>, "Melisa Halfmann" <mominerva [at]>, "Diana Halfmann" 
> <apollostwinsister [at]>, "emarks1981" <liziemariema [at] 
>>, "Jennifer Barbato" <highfivehellokitty [at]>, "Sarah 
> Shealy" <izamama [at]>, "Karl Banks" <shaymana [at]>
> Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 11:17 PM
> A circle of friends has had a couple
> of meetings to discuss forming an ecovillage-type cohousing
> project in Northern California.
> We are looking for advice from some of you veterans in
> getting from the place of ideas and moving towards the
> moving-in stage. We all have individual pictures of our
> dream, but haven't yet merged that into a group vision.
> Forming a group vision will certainly be something we take
> on soon. As we face that task, we already have questions
> about forming that vision as a smaller group, then inviting
> others to join the group mid-process, which will inevitably
> change the vision. Also, what aspects of the project are we
> best off addressing now, vs. leaving until later?
> Can you recommend any resources dealing specifically with
> startup: cohousing  books? websites? consultants in N.
> CA? other resources? conferences? Sadly, we missed the
> recent meeting with Chuck in Berkeley; I'm sure that would
> have been insightful. We are located in the
> Davis/Sacramento, Berkeley/Oakland/SF, and Santa Cruz areas,
> so any startup consulting services in these areas would be
> appropriate.
> What should we do before meeting with a consultant?
> Thanks ahead of time for your *solicited* advice -
> River Seanain
> Davis, CA

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