Re: Question re failure rate of forming groups
From: Robert Heinich (
Date: Tue, 4 May 2010 09:07:47 -0700 (PDT)
I do not have Diana Leafe Christian's books with me at work, but if memory
serves, intentional communities in general had a 90% failure rate and
cohousing development had a 75% failure rate.  A quick search produced this which supports these figures.

However, I agree that the Great Recession was not helpful to forming group.

-Robert Heinich
 Eno Commons Cohousing
 Durham, NC
 where we just had our retreat at nearby Eno River State Park

On Tue, May 4, 2010 at 11:50 AM, Bob Morrison <RHmorrison [at]> wrote:

>  In a recent posting, Craig wrote that Diana Leafe Christian wrote that
> only 25% of forming groups succeed thru completion of the project. Does
> this
> mean cohousing, or intentional communities in general?
>  A few years ago I read that the failure rate of cohousing groups is about
> 50%. So it looks like the failure rate has gotten worse over the last few
> years. I am not surprised. The recession has had a devastating effect on
> forming groups.
> Bob Morrison

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