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Feedback from Oct. 15 - Next Steps & Evaluation by participants

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Betsy M.
Berkeley, CA
Hello again! Here's a report back to you on the Next Steps & Evaluation parts of our discussion. We look forward to seeing some of you Sunday in San Francisco. Also check out the Daily Acts cohousing tour in Sonoma county next Saturday, Nov. 4 ( http://seniors.meetup...­ )

Feedback from Santa Rosa Senior Cohousing ? Getting Real Meetup; Oct. 15, Yulupa Cohousing.


1. How soon do you see yourself living in Senior Cohousing? (=# of responses)
tomorrow to 2 years (1)
2-3 years (3)
3-4 years (2)
3-5 years (1)
5 years depending (1)

2. Preferred Locations
Santa Rosa /Sonoma County (5 total; 3 preferred)
Marin (2 preferred; 3 total)
East Bay (1 mention)
Winters/Yolo county (1 mention)
Don't know (1)

3. Next Steps - Top Items
What do you see as your next steps in pursuit of senior cohousing?

5 said "Read the senior cohousing book" as 1st priority
5 ranked "find the right people" in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place
3 ranked "go on a cohousing tour" in 2nd place
3 ranked "find the right place" in their top 3

Other responses:
6 ranked "Get a mortgage prequalification" or preapproval as 3rd or 4th
7 ranked "Enroll in Study Group 1", 3rd (1), 4th (4), or lower
3 ranked "attend a regional workshop" in 4th place
1 person said "vision and values" as a next step.

4. If you are interested in Study Group 1, how soon would you like to start?

First half of next year (6)
Second half of next yr (1)
Wait until have 15 people ; (1)

5. If you are interested in Study Group 1, which format would you prefer?

3 hours weekly, 10 weeks (3);
6 hours weekly; 5 weeks (3);
3 intensive weekends; 1 month apart (1).
Other: biweekly; 3 hours/session. (1)

6. Timing
weekend days (7)
weekend evenings (2)
weekdays (1)

7. Topics of interest:
Study Group 1: co-care and outside care (1); group process & working together (1); conflict resolution (1); Vision & Values (1) ? added.

8. Least relevant topics:
aging in community (1); sage-ing (1);
too much on group process, subjective issues (1)
As a group, we have already addressed many of the topics in Study Group 1

What worked:
o Food
o Visiting Yulupa (+++)
o Information presented
o Hearing from an experienced developer (++)
o Got past own resistance
o Agenda - Stuck to it; Stayed on time
o Good stuff brought up (things others felt could be different)
o Exercise (continuum of attitudes)- fun & eye-opening
o Study group 1 focus

What could be changed:
o Invitation ? process felt too controlling;
o Long-emails from organizers/too wordy/burdensome
o Next Steps ? too particular; don?t know enough yet
o Methods ? resistant to ?teaching;? prefer first hand experience;
o Find out more about talents, skills, inventiveness of people in the group
o Tension/difference between Michael?s/architect and Betsy/facilitator regarding participatory design; developer led vs. cohousing study group approach
o Didn?t like the Sonoma/California focus
o Wanted to see more new people
o Not ready for conceptual process
o Didn?t agree with all that was brought up
o Still don?t know how to do vision and values
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