Re: Launching June 15:
From: Tiffany Lee Brown (
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:21:44 -0700 (PDT)
And while some might find it repellent, there could be value in developing some 
of this with an eye toward generating revenue. 

For example: if you could start a system and app for helping people start a 
coho and keep in touch ... Where future users could sign up, quickly search on 
their parameters and find matches for their needs and desires... Why not make 
it so the same platform/with a differently branded app could be used for 
developers to start for-profit housing arrangements?

The rationale in this case is to get venture capitalists and/or developers to 
put up the money to develop tools the rest of us need! I've spent most of my 
life in nonprofit, community projects. It does not behoove us to underpay our 
visionaries and workers, or to expect everything to be done on a volunteer 
basis --  this is still how I do many things, but I think it lends itself to 
burnout and limits community leadership and engagement to people who can afford 
to work for free. Not everyone has that luxury.


Sent from the far shores of a distant land

> On Jun 16, 2016, at 5:42 PM, Corey <corey.birnbaum [at]> wrote:
> Yes, thank you Tiffany, that's exactly what I'm referring to. We need
> something far more robust than email/lists and something more than forums,
> that include maps and groups for finding local cohos, better centralized
> messaging both on the web and mobile devices, and ideally it'd have project
> management abilities for helping people go to the next step of actually
> creating a community. And of course it has to be dead-simple to use.
> These are all features I'm working on, but I'm also working with other
> developers to find common areas where we can collaborate and most
> importantly, share data. I reached out to but never heard a response
> - I'm guessing they didn't think I'm serious, so I'll be sending them a
> demo directory soon, one that makes it easy for different websites to use
> the same data and keep everything in sync.
> Another very important aspect is the willingness to work together. So far
> hasn't been responsive but that might change. It'd be nice to have
> bring visibility to these things as well, like Mary's forum
> and this new website from Carles. If everyone ends up going the direction
> of doing their own thing without reaching out, it's going to get very
> messy. It's fine to have separate tools, but I really hope to have a
> common, robust networking platform.
> On Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 4:29 PM, Tiffany Lee Brown <magdalen23 [at]>
> wrote:
>> From what I've seen, as a outsider interested in cohousing, Corey is
>> right. If there's a centralized sophisticated technology solution with
>> powerful search capabilities and contemporary app interface, for connecting
>> both current and potential co-housers from many communities, I haven't yet
>> stumbled across it...
>> TiffAny
>> Wannabe-cohouser in Oregon
>> Sent from the far shores of a distant land
>>>> On Jun 16, 2016, at 7:33 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at] 
>>> wrote:
>>>> On Jun 15, 2016, at 4:41 PM, Corey <corey.birnbaum [at]> wrote:
>>>> I very much see
>>>> cohousing communities in the infant phase in terms of
>>>> networking/communication
>>> Why do you think so?
>>> Sharon
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>>> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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