Re: Policy Library
From: Daniel Lindenberger (
Date: Tue, 4 May 2010 07:34:12 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Craig,

I love the idea! Creative Commons is a solid solution, and makes it easy to link to information explaining usage rights.

Thanks for the great advice, I'll do so this morning.

On 5/3/2010 3:37 PM, Craig Ragland wrote:

What do you think about adding Creative Commons marks to your db?

Coho/US published the Cohousing Conference video onto YouTube with a
creative commons mark that allows anybody to redistribute all or any part of
the content for non-commercial purposes provided they include attribution.

This is displayed at the very end of the video, which can be seen here (if
your computer and connection are fast enough):

Here's more on Creative Commons:


On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 3:15 PM, Daniel Lindenberger
<daniel [at]>wrote:

Hi Folks,

My dream is that we could have as much information possible available.
Though I'm starting with policies, I would love to see documents from
the founding of different communities, extensive profiles of each
community that wants to participate. It would be great to see not only
policies, but the revisions they've gone through, along with timelines,
so we could see how the communities have evolved. I think this could
serve quite a number of purposes:

- We would all benefit from the experiences of each other - re-invent
fewer wheels, and learn how well.

- The research potential would be tremendous! We're all engaged in an
amazing experiment, and it would be wonderful to take a deep look at the
results, and see what we've learned so far.

- The more information is out there about cohousing, the better the
understanding that the general population can have about what it is
we're doing. This can be educational, inspiring, and help spread the
word about the benefits (and challenges) of cohousing.

I also think I haven't stated it explicitly, but would like to do so: In
line with Judith's message, any material that goes into this database is
meant to be completely free for use. That is to say: we'll make it clear
from which communities documents originated, but a community putting its
documents into the database is essentially a declaration that they're
willing to have other people do whatever they want with them, whether
it's compiling them into a book, using them as the seed documents for
their own community, or anything else. My goal is to maximize the free
flow of information between communities and with the public. To this
end, I don't want to include any works that would require a royalty, nor
more generally ones that are copyrighted.

Depending on the interest level out there (and the time for working on
it), we'll let the database evolve as far as we can as a resource.

Best regards,
Daniel Lindenberger
Windsong Cohousing

On 5/3/2010 2:53 PM, lcamundsen [at] wrote:
Good idea! The architects would still be needed to adapt and advise. It
might make everybody's job easier and in some cases more affordable
to starting from scratch. I think we need not worry that professionals
be excluded from their essential function in designing and building our
communities.Not all plans are transferrable.

Camilla Amundsen
Quayside Cohousing, North Vancouver BC

----- Original Message -----
From: "Judith Bush"<jbush [at]>
To:<cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 1:42 PM
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Policy Library

It is nice to feel the excitement build on the listserve before a
conference, even if you are not crossing the country to attend! The
Library thread puts me in mind of the Open Source "attitude" that seems
characterize the cohousing movement.  Putting things like by-laws and
policies on our websites testifies to that.  Now someone is offering to
even more organized about it.  That's great.
One question in my mind: could there be an open source attitude about
blueprints?  Maybe there already is.  I'm struck when I look at
websites, homes for sale, etc. at how similar in many basic ways our
buildings (units, common houses) are.  One of the things that drives up
costs of building and therefore the cost of homes is professional fees.
Spending a lot of time and energy in the design phase can be fun, but it
also be exhausting and ultimately expensive.  We want a mix of low,
and higher income people in our communities.  But we are often
to younger families, people working intentionally in meaningful but
low-paying jobs, etc.  Is sharing blueprints a piece of the solution?
writing this, I worry  that I will be offending the wonderful architects
have essentially created a library of possibilities for cohousing.
not my intention.)
Anyway, perhaps the whole topic of Open Source could be a focus at a
cohousing gathering.
Judith Bush, Cobb Hill, Hartland, VT

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