|PDX-C's Zoom Co-housing use||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ann Lehman (annzimmerman-lehman.com)|
|Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 07:56:29 -0700 (PDT)|
Begin forwarded message: > From: Karen Meier <kmeiersj [at] gmail.com> > Date: April 27, 2020 at 6:18:31 PM PDT > To: murielk [at] vt.edu > Cc: Ann Lehman <Ann [at] zimmerman-lehman.com> > Subject: Zoom Co-housing use > > > Hi Muriel - Annie Lehman asked me to answer your Zoom questions. I'm the > Convener for Communications at PDX Commons Co-housing. We are a 55+ urban > co-housing community. 27 units, 37 people in a self-designed condo building. > We have always had the option for remote attendance at our meetings (using a > different free service), but were rarely using it once we moved in. We > purchased a Zoom Pro license in mid-March at the urging of a member who had > used it at work. We didn't have time to research and evaluate other options > so just went with it. This budget year the fee is coming out of contingency > budget funds, but the ongoing cost ($15/mo or $180/yr) for the new budget > year was approved by the community with no objections. > So far we haven't had an issue with conflicting meetings. I think some people > are using their personal accounts for some committee and work group meetings > (some paid, some free). For the free ones, you can always schedule back to > back meetings, which probably works OK with a small group. I posted the > log-in to everyone and they are allowed to use it for longer personal > meetings (like sedars at Passover) as long as no official community meetings > are scheduled and they understand they could be bumped. > It was a pretty fast learning curve for me, but so far I have created a tip > sheet for the community and run a training session for facilitators and > conveners, followed by a best practices write-up for hosting meetings. All of > this with the help of the member who had used Zoom before. > In general, we are trying to ease up on meetings and expectations during this > period. Our monthly business meetings used to clock in at 1.5 to 2 hours. Our > most recent one where everyone was on Zoom was less than an hour. > Hope that is helpful. > Karen Meier > PDX Commons >
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