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|From: Judy (BAXTER%EPIVAXvx.cis.umn.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 14 Jul 93 14:37 CDT|
Nancy brings up an interesting point in her intro when she says "On a personal note, I have found this process to be both extremely rewarding and extremely time-consuming. During the most hectic times, some of us are attending 3 evening meetings per week. I didn't quite realize how much it had taken over my life until I saw a pre-programming survey on which we were asked the following question, "How many times per week do you have people over to your house for dinner?". "How many times per WEEK??!," I shrieked, "you've got to be kidding!". I had the question changed to "Before you became involved in cohousing, how many..." . For us, it has taken an enormous amount of commitment, trust, and willingness to take on financial risk to get where we are, and I am grateful to our members for hanging in there. I only hope that this process gets easier for future groups. +++++++++ I could certainly say ditto to all that, for our Monterey group. I hate to say it, but the truth is, folks, I think this is a very demanding process we're in. We tell ourselves at Monterey that, in some ways, we are doing this the hard way, (DEVELOPMENT, PLANNING, RECRUITMENT, AND MOVING INTO AN OLD BUILDING AND REHAB, ALL AT THE SAME TIME) and I think it is true, BUT, even without that, this model requires a lot from people. We talked to a coop guy from Calif, David Thompson, I think his name was, who did some work for Muir Commons. He said that either they or Winslow, I can't remember which, were finding it more work than they expected, and it was worth it. I think the plus side of this is the feedback loop - you don't get into Cohousing, at least at the beginning, without being willing to commit and work for it, which helps create the group and selects for commitment. The down side is that it rules out Coh for many people. I don't have any good answers - I do hope we can make it easier, at some point. I must admit, after 3 1/4 years since we founded the Twin Cities Cohousing network, I'm getting meeting'ed out. And I suspect we do tend to reinvent the wheel rather than spend money we don't have. Judy Judy Baxter, Monterey Cohousing Community, Twin Cities Area, Mpls/St.Paul MN (Mococo) baxter%epivax [at] vx.acs.umn.edu
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