Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 195, Issue 20
From: David Heimann (
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2020 08:06:02 -0700 (PDT)

We made a decision at last month's General Meeting and handled it informally, i.e., "Any objections? No one has objected, so we've consensed." More formally, Zoom and I'm sure other platforms have Yes and No buttons, so one could use "Yes" for "thumbs-up", no action for "thumbs-sideways", and "No' for "thumbs-down".

Jamaica Plain Cohousing

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Today's Topics:

  1. Village Hearth (Durham, NC, LGBTQ friendly) Virtual Open
     House (Fred-List manager)
  2. Consensus Decision Making Using a Digital Platform (Ann Zabaldo)


Message: 1
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2020 08:05:38 -0500 (CDT)
From: Fred-List manager <fholson [at]>
To: Cohousing-L mailing list <cohousing-l [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_ Village Hearth (Durham, NC, LGBTQ friendly) Virtual
        Open House
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Barbara Simkowski <barbara_simkowski [at]>
is the author of a message to cohousing-L about
Village Hearth (Durham, NC, LGBTQ friendly) Virtual Open House
but it only had a pdf flyer which this list does not distribute.

See the same info via

Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at]>


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Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2020 00:02:48 -0400
From: Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at]>
To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_ Consensus Decision Making Using a Digital Platform
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Hello all ?

For those of you using a digital platform to conduct meetings, how are you 
handling consensus decision making?  I?m not talking about discussion but the 
actual time you are moving towards consensus on a proposal.

What challenges have you had or do you foresee?

What has gone well w/ your consensus process via a digital platform?

Do you have suggestions for communities starting to use a digital platform?

I did canvas the archives searching for keywords:  digital, consensus, zoom w/ 
various combinations.

Thanks, all. :-)

PS mostly for old timers ... In my archive search, I also used ?Go To Meeting? 
and ran into a raft of emails from Rob Sandelin.  I?m grateful to hear his 
voice and read his wise words as he continues to live in the Cohousing L 
archives.  Rob was one of the early contributors to the cohousing movement.  He 
produced a number of cohousing products that he made available for anyone 
wanting one.  He lived at Sharingwood Cohousing in Washington state.  He died 
way too young.

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Member, Board of Directors
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they 
know and then stop.
Mark Twain


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