|Cohousing outreach lesson for the day: Be reachable||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Raines Cohen (rc3-coho-Lraines.com)|
|Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2010 00:05:19 -0800 (PST)|
I was distressed to see someone in the Fayetteville (North Carolina) area struggling to connect to cohousing neighborhoods in the "Live Wire" (answers/citizen advocate) column in the Fay Observer today. The challenge the reader faced illustrates the importance of making sure that websites and communities/cohousing directory entries are kept up to date and that we all work together to make sure that our community contacts are responsive. A frustrated reader wrote: We're seniors who are interested in cohousing. In August, we wrote three cohousing communities but didn't hear back from any of them. Can you tell us why? - T.R., Fayetteville I posted on the Coho/US website a blog entry with links and commentary on the article and some best practices for updating websites and responding to inquiries: "Could you be missing hot leads? Make sure prospective members can reach your group" http://www.cohousing.org/node/3109 So many communities I visit fail to update their websites or points of contact once the units are sold or they move in. I heartily encourage groups to keep up the engagement with interested prospects, to build the pool of future members, facilitate resales, and prevent bad press such as the piece running today. Some of the tips in the piece include little bits on how to: * Stay Reachable * Stay In Touch * Keep Up-To-Date * Focus on People, Not Property I welcome your further suggestions and comments over there (free login required to post comments). Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach Planning for Sustainable Communities (at Berkeley (CA) Cohousing) Where an impromptu showing of "Lawrence of Arabia" kept us up late in the Common House last weekend, and where a seven-year-old neighbor led the way in reconfiguring the furniture for the astronomy club meeting, which continues despite a rapid loss of sight by its leader. And visiting Fresno cohousers with family from Colombia got to help us help a mathematically-inclined neighbor celebrate a prime-numbered birthday over a soup-and-quiche common dinner that miraculously stretched to handle everybody eating PLUS nine guests -- perhaps the irrational power of pi(e) was invoked. Community Organizer, East Bay Cohousing http://www.ebcoho.org/ Where an orientation/potluck last week had more than two dozen attendees, plus a waiting list, and pitches on many prospective "mini-cohousing" sites in Alameda, Oakland, and Berkeley. And our MeetUp group is about to get its lucky thousandth member! And two communities have had resales to DC-area cohousing couples in our group. P.S. Happy New Year, all. Based on activity levels so far, it's gonna be a great year for cohousing. Congratulations to Stony Brook Cohousing on optioning a site in Hyde Square in Jamaica Plain (Boston, MA), not far from the established Jamaica Plain cohousing. And to the multiple Pittsburgh (PA) cohousing groups coming out of the woodwork and cooperating since our visit there last July. And to Mid-Atlantic Cohousing on its ambitious plans for a regional conference this quarter.
Cohousing outreach lesson for the day: Be reachable Raines Cohen, January 5 2010
- Re: Cohousing outreach lesson for the day: Be reachable Craig Ragland, January 5 2010
Re: Cohousing outreach lesson for the day: Be reachable Sharon Villines, January 5 2010
Cohousing outreach lesson for the day: Be reachable Karen Kudia, January 6 2010
- Re: Cohousing outreach lesson for the day: Be reachable Larry Miller, January 6 2010
- Cohousing outreach lesson for the day: Be reachable Karen Kudia, January 6 2010
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