Re: Co-Living Survey
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2020 11:33:00 -0800 (PST)
Thank you Raines for your quick response to this query from Dwayne.  Speaking 
for myself, — and I am unanimous in this.. :-) —after years working in the 
Cohousing field I assume everybody is coming from the same place I am i.e. 
sharing information of all kinds.  When a cohousing community is built everyone 
benefits — i’m all for that whoever is building it.

And ... there are people and institutions out there in the world that would 
take advantage of the blood sweat and tears (lots of tears...) we’ve put into 
this movement. 

So Raines… I am really glad you asked the questions that you did. I also like 
the way you characterized this listserv. And, if Dwayne or anyone else falls 
within our loosely defined organizational standards I trust we will support 
them and their queries as we do everyone else.

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Member of the board  Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Washington DC

Sent from my iPhone
All tiipos ... curtesy of Siri  :-)

> On Mar 7, 2020, at 10:19 AM, Raines Cohen <rc3-coho-L [at]> wrote:
> Welcome to the world of cohousing, Dwayne. Nice of you to drop into our
> decades-long-established link for conversations about community.
> However, I do need to call out a few things you've done (or neglected) that
> don't comport with the standards for this list:
> 1. You never say who the "we" is - in your message or on the form. A
> startup? A think tank? An established business in the space? A consultancy
> serving one or more? Based where? With any background in particular
> communities? We are a conversational community, and we have more
> meaningful conversations when we have context for where your questions are
> coming from and what overlaps.
> 2. Cohousing is shared neighborhoods with separate private homes, most
> often in a condo homeownership model. The example you link to, and the term
> "co-living" (often as a hashtag without the hyphen), are shared homes with
> private or shared rooms, with shared facilities. Closer to boarding houses.
> Very different in nature, and I rather suspect that any answers we provide
> will be like comparing apples and oranges if you're trying to aggregate
> data.
> 3. The form says the data will only be used for "research," but doesn't
> identify what sort, who will have access to it, whether the required email
> address and other Personally Identifiable Information will be linked to
> responses, the sort of things that are required to be disclosed in academic
> human-subjects research supervision, and are slowly starting to be required
> in marketing in some states and countries. If you truly want to learn from
> established data about the cohousing world, please engage with the
> Cohousing Research Network - part of their mission is to provide a single
> shared repository of data so we all aren't answering the same basic
> questions over and over again for every student working on a project.
> I note that by the final page of the survey, several screens in, you ask
> whether the respondent is willing to be contacted for an interview or 30-45
> minute call. So it sounds like this is an intake form for market research
> panels, and it might be better for folks to know that before they start
> filling it out.
> Nice of you to pop in, but if you want true engagement with our community
> of communities, please meet us with actual dialog and conversation and
> context. As it is, I can't recommend that our 5000+ East Bay Cohousing
> members, or others on this list, respond.
> Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach
> East Bay Cohousing / Cohousing CA
> right now more focused on how to keep our communities safe and accessible
> for all - see the WebChats scheduled for the next two weeks
>>> On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 8:08 PM Dwayne McFarlane <dwaine18 [at]> 
>>> wrote:
>> Hello All,
>> My team would like to interview individuals or couples that currently live
>> in co-living or community themed housings - Think If you can
>> help, please take the quick screener survey linked below.
>> Thanks,
>> Dwayne
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