From: Raines Cohen (
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2021 15:58:40 -0800 (PST)
Sharon -

I forwarded your message to Matt so he can reply here. Did you check the
participant directory? You have access to that as well.

I got to visit his Solidarity Coop in Wyoming last year, and have met him
on other occasions. It is great to see the discussion reaching these topics.

Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach
At Berkeley (CA) Cohousing

On Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 1:45 PM Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

> I’ve been listening to the recordings of the presentations at the
> Affordability Conference. I registered but wasn’t able to attend on the
> day. It’s very nice, actually, to listen to the tapes now because I’m more
> relaxed than I am when I listen real time. While I have reached for the
> mouse a few times to put a question in the chat, I can relax and stop and
> start. Nothing is expected of me by anyone else or me of myself.
> That said, does anyone have an email address for Matt Stannard who spoke
> on Classism?
> He was explaining all the ways money influences everyone’s ability to
> participate equitably in cohousing and elsewhere. I thought everything he
> presented was accurate but that his focus on money was narrow. Social class
> has a hierarchical structure but it also has a horizontal structure. Old
> money vs new money. The education that a tradition brings is as important
> and sometimes more important than the perpetual trust fund. There are also
> some interesting studies on how households with equal income and wealth
> spend both their money and their time. The studies are thus controlled for
> money and the variations in lifestyle and belief systems are still very
> wide and not particularly predictable.  I think many of us make assumptions
> about wealth and income based on what we see in a person’s lifestyle when
> there is no relationship, or little relationship.
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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