Re: Satisfaction (Happiness) Surveys?
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Thu, 23 May 2019 15:25:05 -0700 (PDT)
We heard a lot about how people were feeling with interviews that asked
something like this:
1) what do you imagine here in the next five years?
2) What do you wish was different
3) What can you do to contribute to these visions"

We heard lots of ideas, lots of dreams, a few disappointments and got a
general sense of how people like it in cohousing (for the most part they
like it, and we have some significant barriers for some people.)

We (unintentionally) followed that up with a great weekend retreat (with
Eris Weaver as facilitator) that addressed the question "what are our
narratives about our community, are those narratives helping us, and how
can we change the ones that are not helpful."

We've spent the last year doing follow-up on various things we heard and I
find that it is good for us as a whole to engage in this. The open ended
nature of the questions mean we have to ask more as we work on each idea,
and we've had some rich discussions.

I expect that one survey will continue to be meat for discussion for
another year.

Mosaic Commons Cohousing, Berlin, MA

On Thu, May 23, 2019 at 4:45 PM Mac Thomson via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

> Heartwood Cohousing (rural SW Colorado, 24 homes) is contemplating
> creating a satisfaction survey. We might ask more big picture questions
> like, “How satisfied are you with your life here?”, and some more specific
> questions like, “How satisfied are you with the common house laundry
> facilities?”
> The purpose would be to learn about people’s satisfaction in lots of
> different areas so we could know what to work on as a community and also
> what individual teams could work on in their areas of responsibility. We
> would also anticipate doing the survey every year so we could track trends
> over time — a satisfaction index.
> Have any other communities done anything similar?
> Was it useful?
> Can you share your survey with us?
> Thanks,
> Mac
> --
> Mac Thomson
> Heartwood Cohousing
> Southwest Colorado
> "The world is a comedy to those who think;
>      a tragedy to those who feel."
>             - Horace Walpole
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(The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill
Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church
Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries

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