Re: More Cohousing Research!
From: Allison Tom (allison.tomtelus.net)
Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2018 09:50:07 -0700 (PDT)
Hello Kaitlyn,

I've just opened your document to begin reading it and explore the materials 
you are sharing.  I'm part of a forming community in Vancouver, BC. I noticed 
your first survey when you sent it out, but I wasn't yet in a community (things 
are moving quickly here now that they're moving!) so I didn't respond.  Since 
I'm disabled and attending meeting can be exhausting for me, I'm especially 
interested in the question of communication systems.  Thank you for doing and 
sharing this work.

Anyway, the first thing I noticed was a typo (alas) in the second sentence of 
your intro.  It gave me a good chuckle, as it had unintentional accuracy.  
Instead of saying that cohousing communities often use consensus decision 
making, the document says we often use nonsense decision making.  I'm thinking 
you'll want to have a laugh and then edit the doc.

I'll share more thoughts as I read on, but I wanted to give you an early 
opportunity to make that change.

Cheers,

Allison

> On Aug 27, 2018, at 12:01 PM, Kaitlyn Bernauer Photography, LLC <kaitlyn [at] 
> kaitlynbernauer.com> wrote:
> 
> Hi all, 
> 
> I'm still trucking along with research for my cohousing communication
> project, and wanted to give y'all an update as well as see if anyone is
> willing to participate in the next part. 
> 
> First, results from the survey and interviews can be found here: 
> 
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SAdZU_FsASNxBozlO5MZuZcOoxC_ntdg/view?usp=sharing
> 
> 
> The cliff notes version is that there was a lot of breadth in terms of
> satisfaction. Notably, groups that had focused on community building,
> group communication, and understanding consensus decision-making earlier
> on were significantly happier as they moved through the processes. 
> 
> What I'm working on now, is trying to figure out the best way to
> organize all of the various information that we have to navigate as we
> begin, develop, and maintain our communities. I've created a card
> sorting exercise that allows you to sort these topics into groups, and
> give the groups a name. My hope is to take this information and give an
> overall suggestion for the structure of cohousing information
> (particularly online). A couple of you mentioned to me that
> cohousing.org is undergoing a renovation, so I would like to also share
> this information with them to see if it helps as they move forward. 
> 
> You can access the card sort here: 
> 
> https://provenbyusers.com/cs.php?c=aed43132 
> 
> Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments, and
> thank you all again for your participation and feedback! 
> 
> Kaitlyn 
> 
> Kaitlyn Bernauer Photography, LLC
> 
> 216.538.0852
> 
> www.kaitlynbernauer.com [1] 
> 
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