Re: CoHousing meetings which meet social distancing requirements
From: Graham Freeman (
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2020 15:09:37 -0700 (PDT)
It's much harder to build and maintain community - especially during these
stressful times - than it is to use secure settings with Zoom. Whatever
tool you have critical mass with, best to just stick with that.

With Zoom, consider using the Waiting Room feature, which is documented

On Wed, 8 Apr 2020 at 13:06, Chris Hansen <itschrishansen [at]> wrote:

> Hi everyone
> I'm wondering how you all are meeting with the growing need for social
> distancing, and many common houses being closed?
> We have collectively used zoom, however there's concern amongst residents
> about privacy and security, hacking and zoombombing which a number of our
> residents recently experienced in a local public meeting.
> A good proportion of our residents are older and it's taken quite a while
> to get zoom working.
> I've looked at other options- skype I find much inferior quality-wise with
> a lot of call-drops, and microsoft teams seems expensive and complex.
> I also have my doubts that we are going to get our residents all on
> facebook or whatsapp (and am not sure that they are any more secure or
> reliable)
> So- I'm wondering how other cohousing communities are communicating, and
> what you see as the advantages/disadvantages of each option?
> Many thanks!
> Chris Hansen
> Burlington CoHousing East Village
> Vermont
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Graham Freeman

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