Re: Co-Living Survey
From: Diane (
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2020 14:12:17 -0800 (PST)
Thanks Raines,
You raise important considerations.

On Sat, 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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