Re: policy library, for real
From: Craig Ragland (
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 15:46:43 -0700 (PDT)
Let's hear it for Canada - and the power of community!

Thanks to Windsong and Daniel Lindenberger for making this resource
available to us all - and to Tree for letting us know it exists. This
is an example of a shared resource that could prove helpful to both
forming groups and established communities. I'm going to ask the
archivist at Songaia to get some of our documents uploaded and I urge
others to do so as well.

When we had an editor on staff, Coho/US did get stalled in a similar
effort. Our focus was on the more formal legal, rather than policy
documents. We stumbled over concerns about the legal risks of
providing such documents. Seeing this resource become available, it
reminds me of the value of walking before running.

In their strategic planning work for 2010 and beyond, the Coho/US
board of directors has the prioritized the further development of the
Cohousing Resource Center:

So you should see that section of the Cohousing website dramatically
expand over the next few years. We'll add a link to the Windsong
Policy Document database to that page soon.

Craig Ragland
Coho/US Exec Dir

On Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM, Tree Bressen <tree [at]> wrote:
> Hi Coho-L folks and friends,
> For years people on this list and elsewhere have talked about having
> a library of sample cohousing policies available for communities
> writing or revising their own.  Various efforts have been considered
> or started, but none seen through--until now!
> As an outgrowth of the intensive facilitation training series i have
> been teaching for a set of communities in the wider Vancouver, BC
> area, Daniel Lindenberger of WindSong Cohousing in Langley, BC has
> set up a policy archive that anyone can access and add to.  Yea
> Daniel!  Leave it to those Canadians to accomplish what we in the
> States have never been able to manage. ;-)  There are already 78
> policies in the library, predominantly from WindSong but with
> contributions from half a dozen other communities as well.
> Can your community be next?  Daniel tells me he is "more than happy"
> to either add your policies himself if you send them directly to him
> at <daniel [at]> or to issue you your own username and
> password so you can directly post policies to your heart's
> content.  It would be wonderful to get a wide set posted--this is the
> kind of basic infrastructure that everyone benefits from and now that
> the architecture is there it's easy to expand it to everyone's
> benefit.  The library is not just limited to cohousing, there are
> already a few items posted from non-cohousing communities too.  See
> for yourself at:
> Cheers,
> --Tree
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