Re: entrepreneurial cohousing
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:58:01 -0700 (PDT)
Phillip — I’m not so much interested in “Protecting” the term cohousing as I am 
in engaging people in LEARNING about cohousing.  Even a response in a comment 
thread spreads the word. 

I challenge everyone on this list to engage just one time in the next 12 months 
writing a response to one thing about cohousing, housing, community, 
affordability, etc.  Doesn’t have to be a dissertation … just a short response 
in a comment section on-line is great!  There are thousands of digital 
newsletters, reports, etc. that we belong to.  Alan’s Ohashi has even gone 
beyond a comment response to engaging someone directly to find out about the 
use of the term “entrepreneurial co housing.”

There are at least 600+ of us on this list.  Wonder what the collective effort 
of us to make one engagement in 12 months would produce?  Just a musing on my 
part before noon on Thursday, June 21 the Summer Solstice  …


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 Jun 21, 2018, at 8:53 AM, Philip Dowds <rphilipdowds [at]> wrote:
> Not sure how much energy we should invest in owning the word “cohousing”.  As 
> I indicated earlier … A much more serious problem is that of the mis-use, 
> over-use, and abuse of the word “sustainable”:  Chronic abuse tricks us into 
> thinking we’re doing something, when we’re not.
> Thanks,
>> On Jun 21, 2018, at 8:31 AM, Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at]> wrote:
>> Thanks Alan!
>> I’m sure this is just a misuse of the term “Cohousing“ – you can see how 
>> fragile the term is in the English language and can be so easily be 
>> appropriated to describe so many different levels of housing and people. 
>> After all it’s only a misuse of the term to us. The people using this term 
>> believe they are simply being creative. Anyway I think it behooves us when 
>> we see this kind of use to follow up. Often this can just be a comment in 
>> the comment section of an article that’s been published. But in this case 
>> the press release had no comment section. 
>> I might just call the phone number listed in the press release and see if I 
>> can talk to somebody. That is if I have a free minute today. :-)
>> Ann Zabaldo
>> Takomavillage Cohousing
>> Washington DC
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> All tiipos ... curtesy of Siri  :-)
>>> On Jun 21, 2018, at 8:08 AM, Alan O'Hashi via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>>>> wrote:
>>> Ann - Now I'm curious. Sounds to me like some sort of 'live-work' thing, 
>>> with homeowners using the 'common house', in part, as a co-working space 
>>> for their home occupations or space for expanded home occupations into 
>>> businesses. The HOA may manage the space by recruiting either for ownership 
>>> or rent some "anchor" businesses to keep the HOA fees lower.
>>> I'll check with the Florida Housing Coalition.ThanksAlan O. 
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