|Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 212, Issue 5||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jack & Carolyn Salmon (2salmonearthlink.net)|
|Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 08:10:18 -0700 (PDT)|
I’ve had the same experiences as Ann, when trying to contact some one, any one at a cohousing community. You have to be a real sleuth to find someone to have a conversation with…by phone or on-line. Even if a community has an email address or phone number listed in the Cohousing US directory, no one seems to be monitoring them. I live at Quimper Village…we do monitor our emails and phone answering machine AND we try to respond to all calls …well, not the robo-calls from the guy who designs webpages. The person who monitors may respond or passes the message on to the member most likely to have a productive conversation with the caller. Let’s keep the conversations going. Carolyn > > Message: 2 > Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 14:56:31 -0400 > From: Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at] earthlink.net> > To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> > Subject: Re: [C-L]_ National Cooperative Bank -- Community Contacts -- > Connections > Message-ID: <16D53A14-F707-4BF3-9A5A-8676B0353719 [at] earthlink.net> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 > > I so agree w/ Sharon on this. > > On an even smaller scale (or larger scale depending on your view) when Coho > communities are in formation they do a good job of keeping their website > and/or other social media up to date. That tails off after move in. If > there?s phone number that leads to a recording it?s not monitored. If there > is a contact form to fill out ? goes unanswered. It?s frustrating trying to > reach even one person in some communities. > > Very recently I emailed a friend at a cohousing community asking for the best > contact for them. I?m often asked for contacts at coho communities by people > wanting to visit or stay. My friend forwarded the email to three other > people in his community, cc?ing me, asking them to address my request. So > far ? more than a week has lapsed ? not a peep. Maybe expecting a reply in > one week is not feasible in our workaholic society. > > Back in the early-ish ?90s I remember Zev Paiss addressing this issue of > coho communities being out there in the world during development but once the > community moves in, they close the front gate. Not too much on this front > has changed since then.The missing piece, I believe, is the lack of a larger, > articulated vision beyond one?s own community, that draws people out and into > a larger stream of connectedness. But I could be out to lunch on this > whole topic. > > As Rosabeth Moss Kanter is often quoted: ?The most radical thing we can do is > connect people to one another. That starts conversations toward a vision for > change.? > > Cohousing does that connecting thing hands down. Now, how do we get that > message out in the world? > > Best ? > > Ann Zabaldo > Takoma Village Cohousing > Washington, DC > Ex. Dir. & Mbr. Board of Directors > Mid Atlantic Cohousing > Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC > Falls Church, VA > 202.546.4654 > zabaldo [at] earthlink.net > > Just once, I want a username and password prompt to say "close enough?, I > agree. > > NOTE: I?m switching back to using zabaldo [at] earthlink.net. Many > apologies! > > >
- Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 212, Issue 5 Jack & Carolyn Salmon, September 4 2021
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