Re: Question re failure rate of forming groups
From: Daniel Lindenberger (
Date: Tue, 4 May 2010 09:21:19 -0700 (PDT)
Have there been any studies on failure rates that correlate failure rate with use of professional services? I would find this particularly interesting. I think in BC the success rate for Cohousing communities that have used professional services is markedly higher, and that distinction can be important when trying to get initial backing from financial institutions.

If anyone knows of such a study, I'd love to find out the details.


On 5/4/2010 9:07 AM, Robert Heinich wrote:
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
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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