Re: Looking for a communications tool
From: Lauren Lake (
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 07:08:18 -0700 (PDT)
Greetings Marcia,

I have used Slack in two cohousing groups, and was the instigator in bringing 
it to my second group. I think what sold it was the channels, so people could 
focus on topics they cared about. In both cases, it was rolled out as an 
alternative that we would be trying out for a couple of months before voting to 
make it official.

Regarding your subsequent question about archives, we do not routinely archive 
any messages, and can use search to find old topics. Neither of the two 
communities is using a paid account, so there is some risk of older messages 
being lost. But those messages get lost when the recipients leave or clean out 
their email. A real plus is that new members can see old conversations, 
something not possible with email.

Happy to chat further if you want to reach out directly.


From: Marcia Zuckerman (
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 20:21:40 -0700 (PDT)
After a long period of resistance, I was able to learn to use Slack as part of
a political campaign this winter.  For those not familiar, it’s a group
communications platform that
allows for multiple "channels" for different topics, with various threads
within the channels.  You can follow channels more or less closely depending on
your interests and needs.  Lots of bells and whistles and very hard to get
oriented to initially.

Is anyone using Slack in cohousing, and has anyone found a similar tool with an
easier user interface?

Marcia Zuckerman
Bay State Commons Cohousing
Malden, MA [near Boston]

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