CoHousing Solutions Newsletter | May 2022

More than a cup of sugar

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Cohousers are invested in community values such as sharing, talking through issues and supporting one another. Below are just a few of the funny, sweet and sassy emails you can find floating around on cohousing community threads.

Subject: [nccoho-all] Trash in parking lot

Date: Friday, February 4, 2022 at 7:42:18 AM Pacific Standard Time

From: Carl

Over the last week or so I seem to be finding more and more trash in the    

parking lot. Some of it happens when people open their car doors and   

things roll out. But this morning I found a small glass canning jar that had

been dropped in the parking lot and left there, broken glass and all. It

seemed to contain some kind of cabbage carrot mixture. So I swept it up

and disposed of it. I just can't understand how someone could do that and

just leave it there. Anyway, I'm hoping we all become more conscious of our

leavings and do a better job of picking up after ourselves.

   Subject: Re: [nccoho-all] Trash in parking lot

   Date: Friday, February 4, 2022 at 9:39:19 AM Pacific Standard Time

   From: YiHsin

   To: Carl

   Oh my goodness! It must be my pineapple kimchi that I have looked all over

   last night. I'm so sorry that my forgetfulness have created such a mess and

   inconvenience for everyone. I must have located it on top of my car when I

   try to get in the care in dark and couldn't find it anywhere in the car and in

   the house....

   Thank you for solving my mystery and cleaning up the mess...

   Ps forgetful night also includes a few dollars that I dropped somewhere in

   the community. Hopefully, the dollars would be a pleasant surprise for any

   of you instead of the messy surprise.

   Ps Carl, can I thank you and send you over some of my pineapple kimchi?



Subject: Re: [nccoho-off-topic] iso Block of feta?

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 5:12:01 PM Pacific Standard Time

From: Carlyle

To: Coho Off-topic

Does anybody have a block of feta we could borrow for an hour? Chris is out and can stop at the store, but I would love to get it in the oven right now.

Subject: [nccoho-all] Gratitude

Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 7:46:47 PM Pacific Standard Time

From: Ingrid

To: nccoho all lists

Dear neighbors,

Thank you for all your sympathy and compassion. Your heartfelt words were so comforting after my accident. I even got a bottle of wine brought to my house!

So many of you offered me a ride and Yang & Ying allowed me to drive their second car. Hopefully I can find another car soon.

I am lucky to live here in this community.

<3 Thank you all


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Save the date: National Cohousing Conference

The Cohousing Association has announced the next In-person National Cohousing Conference will be August 25-28, 2022 in Madison WI. These conferences offer a wealth of information and connections for anyone interested in cohousing and any stage of cohousing (seeking, forming, and long-time living in cohousers). We look forward to seeing lots of new and old friends there. Katie will offer a workshop, with more details below!

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The Cohousing Development Process:

Lessons from 30 Years in the Trenches

Friday, August 26

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Katie McCamant, coauthor of Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities, will host a full-day intensive at the National Cohousing Conference in Madison. Learn firsthand from the woman who brought cohousing to North America. Katie spent decades as a cohousing architect, developer and resident. Her pre-conference intensive is useful to both professionals and forming communities alike. The workshop will introduce participants to the roles and responsibilities of different players in the development process. Katie will also dive into development timelines, which consultants you and need when, financing and how community members can best support the development process. Build on the lessons learned from Katie’s 35 years of developing cohousing communities. 


Half-Day Intensives from 500 Communities Affiliate Shelly Parks, of CoVision Consulting:

Secrets of Successful Cohousing Marketing

Thursday, August 25

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Shelly Parks will help participants understand the difference between marketing and sales, and why it's important. She'll explain how to create a Strategic Marketing Plan and what analytics to track for a marketing analysis. Shelly can share how to create a message and a compelling “brand,” to help groups just forming or those in need of a recruitment boost.

Interest to Commitment: Secrets of Securing your Equity Members 

Thursday, August 25

1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Shelly Parks will share her wealth of information on the best ways to convert someone to a committed equity member. She'll cover how to engage an interested person, create a successful membership path and manage your interested people using a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system. Shelly knows how to avoid the most common mistakes cohousing communities make in their recruitment process. Topics covered will be applicable for groups just forming and for those needing to get a recruitment boost.

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