Re: Risk Management <was: Re: Marketing question ...>
From: Daniel Goodridge (
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:17:04 -0700 (PDT)
Howdy Phillip,

I think it is our duty to keep the community safe from real danger, but to
also help assuage the irrational fears that tend to creep up from time to
time. In your situation, I would strive to emphasize the overwhelming
majority of electric vehicles that have yet to explode, comparing them to
the gasoline powered vehicles that are all full of highly flammable
petrochemicals. You could also explain the community's insurance policy,
and assure them that it would cover such an uncommon occurrence should it
ever come to be.

At ELC, we have one community charging station, as well as two other
extensions coming from the homeowners to their vehicle. Honestly, the
extension cords worry me more than a designated station.

In Community,
Daniel Goodridge
East Lake Commons
Atlanta, GA

On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 7:07 PM, R Philip Dowds <rpdowds [at]> 

> At Cornerstone, we have one or more households that want to buy electric
> cars, and will need charging stations for these vehicles.  They are willing
> to pay a few thousand to retrofit car chargers to exterior walls adjacent
> to existing parking.  Other households, however, believe there are serious
> risks of electric cars bursting into flame due to battery failures; they
> believe this even though (a) it’s easy to find examples of condos providing
> charging stations in their underground garages, and (b) there’s little or
> no evidence that exploding electric cars are more of a problem than
> exploding refrigerators.  Nonetheless, a fear that something might go wrong
> has stalled out our decision for quite a while now.  How can our community
> possibly chose something that makes others feel unsafe?
> Clearly, nobody wants to create significant risk, or unnecessary risk.
> But I keep dreaming of cohousing, not as maximal risk mitigation, but as a
> social contract in which, as much as possible, we all help each other get
> what we want.
> Thanks,
> Philip Dowds
> Cornerstone Village Cohousing
> Cambridge, MA
> > On Jul 11, 2017, at 6:04 PM, Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at]> wrote:
> >
> > Early on we had a woman who wanted to put her glass blowing kiln in the
> workshop but was shut down by people being afraid of an accident.   And
> since we all bow to the possibility, however remote, of something tragic
> happening … we don’t do anything or rather we restrict others from doing
> something.
> >
> > I wonder how the communities that have LIVESTOCK on the premises manage
> to deal w/ the risks and hazards of four-footed LARGE mammals?
> >
> >
> > Best --
> >
> > Ann Zabaldo
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