Creating Wealth [was Launching June 15:
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:12:03 -0700 (PDT)
> On Jun 17, 2016, at 9:55 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]> 
> wrote:
> The tools are nice but i don’t think they are a revenue stream. Apps get 
> started like Sean is developing his. They develop for a long time before 
> there is any revenue stream. Cohousing is much too small to for an investor 
> other than a volunteer, like Sean, to invest in an app to serve it.

To add to this: Building cohousing is developing real estate. It is creating 
wealth. Creating wealth is investing time or money. Since most of us don’t have 
enough money to build wealth by investing and doing no work, we build wealth 
with labor. Volunteering is contribution of labor. in cohousing it builds 
wealth of all kinds.

 Cohousers have long resisted this kind of discussion but emphasizing the kind 
of wealth cohousing has built would convince developers and banks to match 
their money without labor.

Takoma Village, for example, has tripled in housing value since we moved in. It 
increased the larger community wealth from a polluted used car lot with 
druggies to a spiffy 43 unit condominium with a hot tub and 50-60 new residents 
with jobs.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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