Re: Borrowing/lending system
From: Kathryn McCamant (
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:43:03 -0800 (PST)
Good to hear from you Graham.

Actually, I think the biggest issue with a list like that (i.e. Things I
have that you can borrow)is keeping it up to date. In our community
(Nevada City Cohousing), when you need just about anything (a lemon for
what you are cooking, a thermometer for a sick kid, an extra large cooler
for a camping trip, tent, bike, car, whatever...)you just send out an
email to the community. With a few hours you are pretty guaranteed to have
what you are looking for. We even have an iternal code for the email
subject line...."ISO" = "In search of....."  ISO lemon. ISO larger cooler.
ISO a car for Saturday afternoon.

My community has no interest in creating systems that require more ongoing
work for upkeep if we can find a simplier system.


Kathryn McCamant, President, Architect
CoHousing Partners, LLC
241 Commercial Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
T.530.478.1970  C.916.798.4755

On 1/27/15 3:39 AM, "Graham Meltzer" <graham.meltzer [at]> wrote:

>Dear all
>This is my first post for years. Nice to be back.
>I wonder which communities have formalised a system that enables members
>borrow household items (camping gear, kitchen appliances, gardening tools
>etc). In the 90s when I was researching cohousing in the US I was
>particularly struck by a system at Commons on the Alameda. They had listed
>all of the items each unit was willing to lend and circulated the list to
>everyone in the community. I imagine that these days, such a system would
>be online. The obvious problem with such a system is that it advertises
>every household's inventory of possessions to potential ne'er do wells. So
>there would be concerns about security. I guess it could be made
>only to subscribing community members.
>Any thoughts?
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