|Re: Intentional community blogs, forums||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sat, 30 May 2009 06:44:33 -0700 (PDT)|
On 5/30/09 Richard L. wrote to ic.org : > > The Community Buzz Blog seems to be dead along with just about all > the other blogs that might cover cutting edge ideas in intentional > community theory and design. Do you know of any blog or forum that > has a current, active discussion of new ideas for community design, > organization, structure, theory, etc? > > I don't just want to read books and articles--I want to discuss > technical and scholarly issues with experts in the field. Unfortunately, > I am not in a position to travel and attend conferences. I need to find > a forum for this on the web. > > Any suggestions? Long ago someone maintained a list of community related forums but alas it's maintenance was not sustained and I am not aware of anything current. There probably are some partial lists, if anyone knows of something please reply with details. Cohousing-L is a forum related to the topics Richard asked about. Cohhousing-L ( http://cohousing.org/cohousing-L ) is a mailing list about all aspects of cohousing tho topics about other forms of IC's particularly if they overlap cohousing are welcome. Not sure if anything that rises to the level of "active discussion of new ideas for community design, organization, structure, theory, etc" comes up - it tends to be more pragmatic questions. You're welcome to join and post a message trying to start such a thread that may elicit a response. Cohousing-L has about 800 active subscribers, averages about 150 messages per month and has a searchable archive of our 30.000+ messages since 1993. Tho mailing lists have numerous disadvantages, unlike most blogs, web based bbses etc, most subscribers get the messages in their inbox (most in digest mode) when there is activity so it is seen promptly and tends to generate more activity as other people are reminded of a topic they want to bring up. This does result in an ebb and flow of messages but there's never been prolonged lull in messages on cohousing-L. Recently (5/16-5/23 ) there was a lull with a bit less than one message per day but yesterday had 4 messages and 14 the day before. A possible hybrid of a more reflective blog with the immediate audience of a mailing list would be to cross promote them with a mailing list post about new blog posts or requests for contributions to a blog via the list. But this would require a dedicated peson to make it happen. Blogs are like online calendars and web sites generally - they are much easier to start than they are to sustain. Other related sites: http://cohousing.org has some blogs. Note that as of Dec 2008, "the monthly Cohousing Magazine, with its in-depth articles, will be fully integrated with the website, and replaced by Cohousing Now" "Now" is an occasioonal email newsletter. Note cohousing-L is independent of Coho/US tho we do share the domain and cooperate. Further from the blog / forum format are http://www.ecovillagenews.org and http://communities.ic.org/ BTW one complaint I have about some of these other formats is the frequent lack of a date the information was posted so one is left wondering when references to "recent" etc refer to. Fred, cohousing-L list manager -- Fred H. Olson Minneapolis,MN 55411 USA (near north Mpls) Communications for Justice -- Free, superior listserv's w/o ads: http://justcomm.org My Link Pg: http://fholson.cohousing.org 612-588-9532 (7am-10pm CST/CDT) Email: fholson at cohousing.org
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