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|From: G . MELTZER (G.MELTZERqut.edu.au)|
|Date: Tue, 3 May 94 17:59 CDT|
1>I am Graham Meltzer, a cohousing enthusiast and researcher (PhD) and a new subscriber to cohousing-l. I'm an absolute novice with e-mail, the internet and the information superhighway ("hugging the slow lane" did someone say?) but with Fred's help I think I'm catching on. (Later ... I've been trying to send this for a week now) I've been reading for a week or so and am impressed with the erudite nature of much of the exchange and the way in which it's so personal despite its being virual. Am looking forward to getting involved. My wife and I are members of a cohousing group in Brisbane (Australia), still in its infancy but strong and moving forward. The discussion you've been having of the place of ideology in cohousing is just what we're into right now, so the thoughts of some of you with experience of the reality of cohousing are of great value to us and I'll be passing them on to the group. We hope to build or renovate in the inner city so perhaps our biggest hurdle will be affordability. But that's a way off yet. Right now we're in the process of incorporating (as a Cooperative) so just getting our heads around the legalese is keeping us occupied. One step at a time is our approach. All the mail I've read to date has been generated in the US. Whilst I'm all in favour of strengthening ties with you guys, I'd be interested to know if there is anyone out there from down under ... Aus or New Zealand. I'm keen to establish a network of local cohousing groups so as we can help out each other with matters such as legal structures, tenure options etc and provide moral support generally. Cohousing in Australia is much less well established than in the US. I know of about a dozen groups being formed but none I beleive, are building yet. A few more details ... I've lived for more than 15 years now in a variety of intentional communities ... mostly rural hippie, but some urban, two years on Kibbutz, six months in a cohousing community in Denmark (1992) etc. A lot of good times, some not so good ... but on balance I'd have to say that for me, its got to be a better way to go ie. sharing resources and having close, sociable relationships with my fellow human beings. I love it. I teach architecture for a living and am interested in housing form of all types. My wife Jane is into community and environmental health. We have two teenage daughters who think this communal living stuff is a bit wierd. But I know that much of the reason for their being such delightfull, warm and well socialised people, is the ideal upbringing they had in a rural hippie commune of some 150 other 'wierdos'. Best wishes to you all Graham Meltzerving close, sociable relationships with my fellow human beings. I love it. I teach archite Best wishes to you all
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