Re: Cohousing Benefits Presentation -- any ideas?
From: Diane (
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:25:26 -0700 (PDT)
At the Friday workshop, CRN, the Cohouser Research and Writers Network will
be presenting the results of the survey of cohousers that we conducted in
2012.   Some of the highlights will focus on happiness and life
satisfaction scales that we used. they do indeed indicate that cohousers
tend to score high on life satisfaction and happiness and that most say
that living in a cohousing community contributes to their satisfaction.
The data also show that cohousers contribute to their wider communities in
many ways.  I don't know if you can wait until the conference for your
presentation to the seller.  If not, please get in touch with me.  Several
papers using the survey data have already been published and/or presented
at meetings.

Diane, founder and director of CRN who hopes that many people will come to
our Friday intensive to hear about our wok and help us continue and grow

On Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 9:29 AM, Fred-List manager <fholson [at]>

> Emilie Parker <emilie.v.parker [at]>
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> Diane Margolis's presentation at the conference sounds amazing.  The big
> picture stuff can really make a difference -- helping cohousers and
> potential cohousers communicate the benefits to others whose help we need
> in order to get land and financing.
> For my imminent challenge is to engender support for the cohousing model or
> specifically our cohousing community from a seller who we have never met.
> We are seeking a meeting through real estate agents.
> I have to present some good metrics and we'll present the offer of course
> -- the main thing.  But we need the seller to be a collaborator with us to
> get this done.
> For my part I present the mission/vision and getting the seller on board
> with that because we are going to ask for a carry back and a few other
> helps.
> I would like to present a slide on Wellbeing and Happiness relative to
> living in cohousing or a close community.  I found some stuff on that.
> That slide or bullet shows our motivation for trying to create this
> lifestyle for ourselves and I can follow that theme forward for another
> slide to connect it with the seller's life.  I'm finding some good articles
> and studies on the internet that I can draw a quote or two from.  Community
> is one of the things that bring joy to one's life.
> I have to connect that with other things that a seller may find beneficial
> -- like how community creates financial stability.  I haven't googled that
> yet.
> I would like the seller also has to experience some personal connection
> with how the project would benefit him/her.  Maybe include a bullet point
> about altruism, gratitude and compassion contributing to happiness too.
> Helping cohousing communities is good for your own happiness.
> I found an article about a happiness in aging in place being increased by
> having a close set of friends, independence, exercising, and sharing a
> glass of wine....I'm not kidding.  I believe it.  I think that applies to
> everyone not just for aging in place.
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