Re: Cohousing Digital System
From: Scott Drennan (
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2020 10:16:26 -0800 (PST)
Hi Chris,

It depends on what you consider "internal membership software".  If Drupal
and G-Suite are in that category, then I expect there are a number of
co-housing communities using generic software to share content with their
members.  When you first asked your question, I thought you were looking
for software specializing in small-group membership management.

We use a combination of G-Suite and Wordpress for sharing information among
our membership, budgeting/accounting, expense/invoice tracking, marketing,
decision tracking&minutes, calendaring/booking, intra-community
communication, etc.  But I wouldn't classify either G-Suite or Wordpress as
something which is similar to Mosaic and Gather.  We have needed to do a
bunch of custom work on the G-Suite and Wordpress platforms to do what we
need, and we're continuing to do that.  So instead of being dependent on a
small software business, we are dependent on the technical skills of our
members.  Having worked with Drupal in the past, I expect that's even more
true for Arbco's use of Drupal, but that's just a guess.

My understanding of Mosaic and Gather is that they are focused on the
"small community" membership market, and are delivering a solution which
can be operated by a community without the need for strong technical skills
within the community.

On Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 7:29 AM Chris Terbrueggen <christopher402 [at]>

> I have only received one response from another co-housing community that is
> using a digital system with a development support staff of 5 people or
> more. Paso Robles Cohousing is using G suite and I now that Arbco cohousing
> in Madison, WI is using Drupal. Are there additional co-housing
> communities?
> Thanks, Chris Terbrueggen
> Linden Cohousing
> On Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 8:59 AM Chris Terbrueggen <
> christopher402 [at]>
> wrote:
> > When I say contributors or administrators for a digital system, I am
> > referring to staff that run the software and trouble shoot calls from
> users
> > of the software. A user would be a Cohousing community. Thanks Tom for
> > mentioning that Gather's staff has increased to three.  Chris
> >
> > On Mon, Feb 10, 2020 at 9:03 AM Chris Terbrueggen <
> > christopher402 [at]> wrote:
> >
> >> Greetings, I would like to know if any cohousing communities are using
> >> internal membership software that has at least 5 contributors that are
> >> administering it. Like to see a meeting minutes directory and decisions
> for
> >> committees and groups , membership directory, room reservations, common
> >> meal payment system and work participation for starters.  We have
> reviewed
> >> Mosaic and Gather and our digital communication group was concerned
> about
> >> the sustainability of those systems.Both of those systems have one or
> two
> >> developers and contributors.
> >>
> >> Thanks, Chris Terbrueggen
> >> Linden Cohousing
> >> Madison, WI
> >>
> >
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