Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 212, Issue 5
From: Jack & Carolyn Salmon (
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. 


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> Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 14:56:31 -0400
> From: Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at]>
> To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>
> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ National Cooperative Bank -- Community Contacts --
>       Connections
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> 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]
> Just once, I want a username and password prompt to say "close enough?,  I 
> agree.
> NOTE:  I?m switching back to using zabaldo [at]  Many 
> apologies!

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