Re: Case Study: Cohousing Successes and Failures
From: Craig Ragland (
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 23:30:41 -0700 (PDT)

Believe it or not, somebody in the Seattle area proposed just such a
workshop for the 2008 Boston conference - it was going to be anecdotal based
on the experiences of multiple cohousers rather than a specific study. They
decided the travel cost for Seattle-Boston was too high. I was disappointed
they didn't propose anything for 2009 - especially since the conference was
so close to them.

How about proposing something like this for the 2010 Conference in Boulder?
It was great that you could make the trip to Seattle from Colorado last
month and I know from our conversations that you have a lot of insight about
what does and doesn't work in existing communities. I'm also hoping that
Heartwood will be sharing about your experiences creating the root cellar
that the Coho/US Community grant is helping to make possible.

Regards, Craig

On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM, Mac Thomson <mac [at]>wrote:

> It occurred to me at the conference that a really useful workshop
> would have been one which focused on which communities are thriving
> and which are struggling or have failed altogether and the factors
> that have led to the various results.  Of course the basis for such a
> workshop would be a case study of community successes and failures.
> Does anyone know if such a study exists?
> Thanks,
> Mac
> --
> Mac Thomson
> Heartwood Cohousing
> Southwest Colorado
> "I must reduce myself to zero.  So long as a man does not of his own
> free will put himself last among his fellow creatures, there is no
> salvation for him."
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