Affordable Conference
From: Karen Gimnig (
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2019 06:14:56 -0800 (PST)
We're thrilled to see so much interest in the upcoming online conference on
Affordable Cohousing. We appreciate the interest and the suggestions.

We always love to see cohousers get together in person. The 2020 Simple
Series will have a number of opportunities for this kind of gathering, and
we may have room for more if your community would like to host.  Please
note, however, that the online conferences are designed for folks to
participate online and may not offer the optimal experience in a large
group/large screen approach.  Among other things there will be sessions
with multiple presentations happening at the same time and presumably
different people will want to attend different sessions.  While I'm sure
it's possible to optimize both experiences at the same time, we're going to
keep things simple for this first online conference and focus on the
experience of one-user, one-computer.

I appreciate your sharing previous bad experiences with online
communication.  We hope to avoid the kinds of problems you are talking
about. As you may know, we've now done 39 WebChats using zoom technology,
which is what we will be using for the conference. We plan to have plenty
of support for those who need it. While we can never be 100% sure that all
will go smoothly, our experience with Zoom has been that it works very well
for users provided they have speakers, microphone and good internet.

If there are additional concerns or ideas for the online conference, please
feel free to reach out to me privately.  We're excited to make this a
fabulous event.

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> Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2019 09:21:28 -0600 (CST)
> From: Fred H Olson <fholson [at]>
> To: Cohousing-L mailing list <cohousing-l [at]>
> Subject: [C-L]_ Local group attendance of Conf on  Affordable Coho
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> Karen Gimnig - Associate Director Coho-US wrote:
> > the proposal form here <>.
> That page says:
> >> our first ever Online Conference to be held February 22, 2020
> ...
> > our upcoming Affordable Conference on Affordable Cohousing... will
> > be an online conference, no travel needed (see, its affordable!)
> A little travel might help...
> While my partner, Becca Brackett, was getting ready this morning to go
> to the first day of two long days of a "retreat" for the Vision Circle
> of the Twin Cities Cohousing Network (TCCN) - ,
> we discussed the upcoming Conference on Affordable Cohousing.
> Her thought is to make the conference a TCCN event by having a big
> screen etc in a place where people can gather.  This would be obvious
> for an existing cohousing community but since much affordability is
> usually a function of planning and action taken at the development
> stage, planning and publicizing a local conference remote
> participation event for cohousing wannabes ** would be most
> desireable.  Of course hosting it at an existing cohousing community
> would also be desireable.  I encourage people to consider such local
> attendance events.
> I think it would be ok to publicize it as an Conference on Affordable
> Cohousing to be held at (local address) with details explaining that it
> is an online conference.
> ** I'm sure that us cohousing wannabes far outnumber cohousing
> residents. Of course there are also even more potential cohousing
> wannabes who just don't know enough yet...
> PS Practice sessions should be planned to minimize technical glitches.
> Fred
> --
> Fred H. Olson  Minneapolis,MN 55411  USA        (near north Mpls)
>      Email:        fholson at      612-588-9532
> My Link Pg:
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> Message: 2
> Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2019 11:43:30 -0500
> From: Sharon Villines <sharon [at]>
> To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>
> Subject: [C-L]_ Online Conferences [was Local group attendance of Conf
>         on Affordable Coho
> Message-ID: <33D3E792-47E9-4A5B-9607-BB626F915411 [at]>
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> > On Dec 14, 2019, at 10:21 AM, Fred H Olson <fholson [at]>
> wrote:
> >
> > PS Practice sessions should be planned to minimize technical glitches.
> Technical glitches and inability of joining members to overcome
> difficulties is the #1 reason I avoid conference calls, webinars, etc.? or
> leave early. It?s a waste of time. Even if I dig out my knitting, it is
> irritating noise.
> And interrupted presentation is like a performance with actors arriving
> late and leaving often to go help other actors put on costumes?or find the
> stage. And the lights going on and off and static sound. And audience
> members asking actors to repeat the last line.
> The presenters can do trial runs but the audience probably can?t or won?t.
> They would have to sign on early, which some events do request. This will
> address problems on the presentation end, but it won?t help when people
> sign in late. And sometimes people think they know how a platform works
> only to sign on and find that this event is setup differently for some
> reason.
> In addition to the dress rehearsal, it helps if there is a person who is
> designated to offer tech support who can help people off line. Then the
> presentation is not interrupted by pinging and ?can you hear me? questions,
> and presenters know they don?t have to stop to respond to participant
> distress. The tech person takes over behind the scenes. It is often the
> presenter stopping to respond to one problem after another that is most
> disruptive??Are you okay?? ?Is it fixed?? ?Turn on your microphone so I can
> hear your response.? On and on. This can easily take up 15 minutes of a 60
> minute conference call.
> Also on visual presentations, if participants can be told how to use the
> chat function, they can put questions there and other participants can
> respond. This allows silent requests and responses.
> One option for finding a tech support person is to offer free registration
> (or free use of a the webinar service) in exchange. There are enough people
> out there who are tech savvy that it shouldn?t be hard to find someone.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines, Historic Takoma Park, Washington DC
> Where all roads lead to Casablanca
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Karen Gimnig
Associate Director
The Cohousing Association of the US

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