Re: How Cohousing communities decide on new members
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 10:06:30 -0700 (PDT)
> On Apr 14, 2021, at 1:16 PM, Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at]> wrote:
> Regardless of FH laws I would be skeptical of trying to social engineer 
> diversity. 

Adding to what Ann said, remember that most members will come from friends and 
friends of friends, or similar organizations — Unitarian Church, home schooling 
groups, coop bulletin boards. So one key is to diversify your friends and 

I’ve been reading a number of books on anti-racism so I can’t remember which 
book this example came from but I think it is a good one. Find an ambassador — 
a person who is a friend or a friend of a friend who is also a member of an 
organization whose members you would like to invite to join you. Have the 
ambassador introduce you at the next meeting or cocktail party and do an 

Sharon Villines
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