Re: Meals and Other Online Software
From: Ken Winter (
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:54:13 -0700 (PDT)
The earlier Cohousing-L discussion thread that Sharon refers to was first
entitled "Seeking fellow cohousing geeks", then later renamed "Community
portals"; so you can look it up in the C-L archives.

"Portal" means a web site or mobile app providing a community's members
with single-sign-in access to all the community's information services.

Hoping to establish an incubator for people interested in creating
cohousing portals, back in July I set up a forum at, which you're eagerly invited to join and
participate in.  The main headings in that forum are:

   - Introduction: What's a Community Portal?
   - *Works in Progress
   Portals that actually exist (only one has been discovered so far) or are
   under development.
   - *Cohousing Information Services Today
   How communities are now handling the informational aspects of particular
   community activities such as meals.
   - *Requirements, Opportunities, and Wishes for Portal Functionality
   - Apps and services that a portal could and should provide.
   - *Enabling Technologies for Portal-Builders
   *- What systems or services does the world now offer that could enable
   us to build (or buy) portals faster, better, and cheaper?

Everything on this forum is crowd-sourced, so please come and look and

~ Ken Winter, Sunward Cohousing

On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 10:14 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]
> wrote:

> On Sep 22, 2014, at 2:53 PM, Tom Smyth <tom [at]> wrote:
> > I'm curious what the state of meals software is in cohousing these days.
> > How many communities actually have special software for the purpose? Are
> > there any popular systems or are people all rolling their own?
> I would like to expand this to other online services. We had a discussion
> about this a few weeks ago. One community posted a service they use. I was
> despairing of my community paying for a service so I didn't keep a note on
> it. Now they are talking about it and can't the name again.
> But in general, I think it would be helpful to hear what people are using.
> And is anyone using an online service designed for condominium management?
> The ones I've seen include facilities and financial management but not
> other needs -- meals, teams, calendars, etc. We now pay for CalendarWiz,
> which works very well, but we also have a guest room calendar that when it
> breaks, it's gone. One full service site would be wonderful.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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