|RE: Intentional Communities vs. Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Tue, 12 Jul 94 09:55 CDT|
Sandy Bodzin asked: Can anyone please explain the difference between an intentional community and a cohousing community? Here is my $.02 worth. Cohousing is a form of intentional community closest related to a housing cooperative, with certain special attributes. One of the primary differences which sets cohousing apart from other intentional communities is that there is generally no central philosophy or vision which you must subscribe to. Most cohousing you don't have to believe in any specific vision to live there. There is usually a general vision which brings people together, based on cooperation. This is not a requirement of cohousing, but has become an attribute of its American and Danish expression. Another difference of cohousing is that it is pretty much developed for and by the middle and upper middle economic class. Homes are individually owned, and there is some common ownership of land or buildings. Another difference is that Cohousing is often (usually) bank financed, which implies a certain level of legal and financial organization. On an operational and group organizational level cohousing seems to function much like many other intentional communities - Decisions are usually made for the benefit of the group, meetings are held to deal with management issues, open participation in all community affairs, sharing some resources - including meals, working cooperatively on common projects, co-ownership of resources are all attributes which cohousing shares with other forms of intentional communities. For an in depth look at the forms of community see: The Directory of Intentional Communities: A Guide to Cooperative Living . Fellowship for Intentional Community 1991. It can be had from most libraries. As to religious cohousing - If religious values are their central vision, then I see no reason why it would be illegal. I doubt they could get bank funding for their community if they had restrictive religious entrance covenants since that would severely limit their resale marketability.
Intentional Communities vs. Cohousing Sandy Bodzin, July 11 1994
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