|Fixing Wikipedia on cohousing and related entries||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Raines Cohen (rc3-coho-Lraines.com)|
|Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2019 12:04:19 -0700 (PDT)|
On Wed, Jul 3, 2019 at 1:10 PM Sharon Villines wrote in the thread "Subject: July 4 and cohousing": > And another note from Wikipedia — While Katie is mentioned as Chuck’s wife everywhere he is mentioned, "Chuck Durrett" has his own page but "Kathryn McCamant" does not. This is something we can fix. Who edits Wikipedia? We all do. There are ways to do it working together and respecting Wikipedia's protocols, bringing together respected citations to establish the "notability" of a figure and relevance for inclusion. Remember: original research isn't enough to put something in there, but together we can catalog a pool of published articles to make it easy to point to known authorities who have said what we want the entry to say on the topic. I'll work with Coho/US' Karen Gimnig to schedule a WebChat on this topic so we can be collaborative rather than competitive in creating and updating entries on the movement and its key figures. In the meantime, anyone here can feel free to drop me a note off-list for some tips on how to do this effectively and appropriately. Thank you, as well, Sharon, for bringing up something that's been bothering me for a while -- as part of a husband-wife business partnership/community venture in the cohousing world, it's part of my consciousness that some people, even progressive experienced cohousers, and yes, even women, listen differently to me vs. my wife (Betsy Morris, the one with the Urban Planning PhD) saying the very same things. It has prompted me to look for the same behavior in myself. In my closing remarks at a panel for a forming community at Cambridge [Mass.] Cohousing last week, I reminded participants that cohousing started as a feminist movement, community design that made many domestic tasks more egalitarian, communal, and gender-balanced, and noted that we may have lost track of that along the way. As we look back to the early years of the movement, and history as it is translated to and interpreted with the wisdom and fresh perspectives of the modern day, we can't forget to factor in that even as late as the 1980s-1990s, women's work and contributions were undervalued by society and the media, and the role of women in news stories on the movement, or even something seemingly insignificant as the order of listing authors on a book, may not be as balanced as we would hope for today, with effects that linger and echo through time. This is something that we can start to correct as we go forward by making sure that our acknowledgements and appreciations aren't filtered through dated blinders, taking the time to appreciate and celebrate the contributions of many who may have been overshadowed. That's how I'd like to celebrate what I call _INTERdependence_ day, in acknowledgement of our web of connections and lovely ways we can step up and take care of ourselves, our neighbors, our cities and the whole world through what we do, building and living in sustainable communities. Raines Cohen, Coho/US Volunteer, Husband, and Cohousing Coach Cohousing California co-organizer, living at Berkeley (CA) Cohousing currently visiting Boston-area communities and planning visits to some established and forming groups around New England, along with the "brains" of the ongoing partnership that some refer to as "Braines."
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