Re: Question about Household Decision
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 05:41:40 -0700 (PDT)
Alicia — would you be willing to share the questions you ask people when 
there’s  “downward thumb”?  This may be very useful to us as we sometimes 
struggle w/ the consensus process.    In fact, we have a big day coming up soon 
in which we will be discussing our consensus process.  Your questions could be 
very, very helpful.

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

As long as you have two or fewer … your ducks are always in a row.  The Covert 

> On Apr 5, 2018, at 8:07 AM, Alicia Nowicki <alicianowicki [at]> 
> wrote:
> It is my understanding that in Cohousing decisions are made by consensus, so 
> I am surprised when I hear you speak of voting.  When we notice someone has a 
> thumb down, then we endeavor to determine the reason.  We also have a series 
> of questions that we ask them to help us determine if their downward thumb is 
> only for personal reasons and does their objection consider the good of the 
> community.  The only reason we count the number of households present is to 
> determine if we have a sufficient number of folks present to actually make a 
> decision.
> Are the other communities participating in this discussion voting to make 
> decisions?
> Alicia Nowicki
> Tierra Nueva Co-Housing
> Oceano, CA
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Apr 4, 2018, at 7:09 PM, Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at]> wrote:
>> In my community, regular consensus decisions are made by us as individual
>> HOA members - my spouse and I don't have to agree. The only case in which
>> we vote by household is to override a block, and in that situation we
>> permit fractional voting by the number of persons in that household whose
>> names are on the deed. These votes have occurred so infrequently that I
>> can't identify any skewing one way or the other.
>> Muriel at Shadowlake Village
>> On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 9:57 PM, Chris Terbrueggen <christopher402 [at] 
>> wrote:
>>> Greetings, I am trying to gather some background info on household
>>> decisions. When cohousing organizations base decisions on one per
>>> household, does the practice skew decisions toward a single person
>>> household?
>>> Are there many cohousing organizations that base decisions on each
>>> individual member instead of a household?
>>> I am under the impression that the household decision is based on the
>>> practice that household members will discuss their options before making a
>>> choice. It requires each household to work out their differences and make a
>>> decision that represents the collective opinion of the household.
>>> Thanks
>>> Chris Terbrueggen
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