Re: Shared survey: what does your community use?
From: Sean Davey (
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 12:45:55 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Corey,

thanks for the survey, it's interesting to see what others are using. 
Personally, I would like to hear more about what people like and don't like 
about the software they are currently using.

I just wanted to respond that communities not wanting to pay for software isn't 
tough for me personally. It's also not representative of the communities I work 
with. Pretty much all of them have either assumed they would need to pay for 
Mosaic or have generously offered to pay, although I always decline. One of the 
great things about living in a community is that there are opportunities to 
provide work and service to your neighbors. I'm grateful that technology makes 
it easy for me to offer my software to others outside my community. I've met 
many wonderful people electronically and am very glad that they seem to find 
something that I've built to be useful. There isn't much cost to hosting 
websites, time is the main issue. I wish I had more time than I do to work on 
Mosaic. I have way more ideas than time :-)

As for the name, I've been wanting to changing it from the very beginning. I'd 
be very happy to hear suggestions for a better name. My favorite one that I've 
received so far is Contigo so I may end up switching to that at some point.

As with everything in community, there is a large spectrum of needs and 
preferences when it comes to online tools. I very much enjoy working with the 
communities that I host sites for when they ask me for changes or new features 
that make the sites work better for them. A lot of the work I've done over the 
last couple of years is to make Mosaic more modular and more customizable by 
the communities. Currently I'm very excited to be working on making Mosaic work 
with different languages as there is an interested community that speaks French.

Anyway, I always appreciate hearing more about how communities use technology. 
If anyone has ideas for online functionality that doesn't seem to exist yet, 
I'd love to hear from you.


> From: Corey <corey.birnbaum [at] <mailto:corey.birnbaum [at] 
> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Shared survey: what does your community use?
> Date: August 5, 2017 at 9:42:19 PM MST
> To: cohousing-l [at] <mailto:cohousing-l [at]>
> Thanks for the feedback Fred. I view Mosaic as "custom software" which is
> an option, but in all other questions I provided an "other.." field where
> you can insert what you use if it wasn't mentioned (already there are a lot
> of options that I felt could be too much). If there are questions that
> don't apply, I made many of them optional (ones without the red asterisk).
> I want to mention that, besides Mosaic (by Sean Davey who is also on this
> list) there is also Gather by Tom Smyth ( 
> <>) that is an
> online tool for coordinating common meals, ledger, and reservation system.
> Those are the only two custom-for-cohousing solutions I'm aware of, but
> would love to hear about any more out there.
> Thank you everyone for your answers so far! This is really fascinating
> stuff and I have to admit I'm mostly surprised by just how large these
> communities are (most answered 50+!). If you have suggestions on how I can
> improve it too, please let me know.
> Some other insights I'd like to share:
> - Most communities use email as their primary medium for not just
> communication, but event coordination as well. However, a solid number of
> you do use shared online calendars.
> - People seem ambivalent towards their current solutions (seems very few
> are happy with email) with the only exception being their financial tool,
> which most people listed as QuickBooks. There's also satisfaction with how
> consensus building is done in general.
> - Most of you use Google Drive, but only a few of you pay for cloud
> services, the most popular being Dropbox.
> - You're mostly iPhone users.
> Overall, everyone seems to want better solutions for most aspects of
> community life, but are unwilling to pay for them. That certainly makes
> things tough for those like Sean and Tom who have great solutions, because
> nothing is free--the cost (hosting, time, skill, etc) has to be absorbed by
> someone.
> Please continue to share this survey! For those of you who want to view the
> results for yourselves, you can always see them at this address:
> <>
> AANdnbSWT7pm7VA7b7yqmcpcex_cuWI1iV5DbA/viewanalytics

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