While some folks find it fun in cohousing to debate privacy vs. community, voluntary vs. required workshare, Common House use for private events, noise, pets and policies ... sometimes you just need TOOLS to help you on your way. Whether you are a newly forming group or a well established community, here's some stuff designed to grease the skids of cohousing.
Are you just starting out in cohousing? Are you geographically challenged with some of your members living far away? Is your cohousing professional in another time zone? Are you having a critical meeting and some of your neighbors are away?
ZOOM is a FREE tool that allows you to video conference up to 50 participants! The number of meetings is UNLIMITED. You can even do one-to-one meetings. It's a little like SKYPE but for groups. It's EASY to use. Believe me ... if I use it it's easy!
Chat support is available.
Selling your cohousing home? We're sorry to see you leave but if you have to ... make marketing your home a little easier with this app. Save time with open houses that go on too long by using Insidemaps.com 3D or virtual tours of homes is not new. However, this tool allows anyone with an iPhone to upload images and go live with a minimum of fuss. While you're at it ... why not map your Common House and put in on your website? Doing this can be especially helpful for prospective buyers who may live out of town.
A great thought: if every built cohousing community used this tool to 3D map its Common House and made it available on its website ... what an incredible resource we would have for everyone to use!
Hey! I been to college. I speak English. But ... there-their-they're ... are just times I need a little help getting that grammar straight. Here's a nifty tool that's NOT a book! It's an easy to access INFO GRAPHIC. Yeah. It says "for students" but really ... aren't we all always learning? If you're creating marketing materials, writing for a website or blog ... for any kind of written communication ... keep this info graphic handy. Beautiful materials with lovely pictures peppered with with misspellings, grammatical errors, poor syntax, etc. are a turn-off for your marketing, outreach, education and information efforts. Maximize your potential reach by getting the grammar rite-write-right.
Do you have a tool to share? Send your thoughts, comments and suggestions toAnn. Include contact information. We'll print suggestions in a future newsletter!
Can You Build a House Out of Plastic?
EcoDomum converts waste plastic into 8'x4'x1" building panels for low-cost homes in Mexico. If they can do this in Mexico ... can we do it here? If you don't read Spanish then read about what this company is doing in Treehugger.
It's a little WEIRD ... it's a little BIZARRE ... it's a ...
And it won the 2015 RedDot award.
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Ann Zabaldo is a passionate promoter of cohousing. She was on the develoment team for Eastern Village in Silver Spring, MD and Takoma Village in Washington, DC where she lives. She serves on the Board for MAC.
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