Re: Important: Encourage people to join the list
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 09:21:31 -0700 (PDT)
Just a reminder that it can't be those of us on this list that decide
what to do to reach the people *not* on this list.
Without asking the folk we are trying to reach we will simply
replicate what is good for us. And we are already here.
Reaching new people requires conversation with the new people.
(The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill
Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church
Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries

On Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 12:17 PM Henning Mortensen <hmortensen [at]> 
> The fact that the cohousinglife never amounted to much underlines the power
> that the cohousing-l community has. For whatever reason, likely associated
> with a historical need that was met, cohousing-l has been a success.
> Cohousing-l has a community of really good people and unless that community
> agrees to move to something else, it makes it very hard for any other form
> of discussion to take place online. Every new attempt will have the
> criticism that all the good conversations happen on cohousing-l. And we
> must not minimize the work that Fred Olsen has done to nurture and moderate
> the list for so many years. People subscribe to cohousing-l for the
> conversations that occur there.
> Is there room for improvement? Sure. But we have to very careful. I like
> the idea of moving to
> Reasons include
>          - it is a small incremental change, It is a modern implementation
> of a list serve. You still subscribe to groups. You can get a digest of
> messages if you wish. You can create subgroups and private groups, open
> groups and announcement-only groups.
>           - You interact with it through emails, just like a listserve
>           - Every email is logged in the system and you can search through
> email using a web site.
>           - The administration of groups is done through the web site.
>           - There are many add-ins, for things like calendars, photos,
> databases, wikis
>           - They use hashtags as a way of grouping similar topics together.
>           - They even import emails for other systems, though I am not sure
> if they do listserv.
>           - we should be able to import a member list and start conversing
> on
> However, any change needs to be done with consensus from everyone, or it
> will fail. What we definitely don't want is to splinter the group into
> multiple new groups as each tries to gain acceptance from everyone. One of
> the reasons cohousing-l has lasted so long is that it is very hard to
> change directions. Every change carries with it the risk that we undo the
> magic pixie dust that makes this work, where other better solutions have
> failed.
> On Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 7:54 AM Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <
> cohousing-l [at]> wrote:
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> > > There is a web based cohousing discussion tho it has not caught on:
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> > Sharon
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