|Re: Intentional communities||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Gordon (weilepivax.epi.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 21 Jul 94 15:57 CDT|
Allen Butcher's thoughtful letter made me wonder what purpose there is in discriminating between intentional communities and cohousing communities. Dividing the two seems counter-productive, particularly since there are several significant intentional communities that have been around for many years and should represent a wealth of experience in group process and group living. While several people have mentioned in COHOUSING-L their wishes to tour cohousing sites, one would think there is some value in touring other intentional communities as well. Conversley, the numerous cohousing developments represent a welcome source of new energy and experience for other intentional communities whose ranks have, I believe, pretty much stabilized. I am not actively involved in a cohousing group and may never move into cohousing. I do live in an intentional community, and I have found a lot of useful information reading COHOUSING-L. I'm afraid my experience confirms Allen's observation that different communities do not network well together. Part of that is the conflict of ideals that Allen mentions. But I think it is also the inevitable result of the inward focus that communities demand: While forming the fabric of our own community, it's too easy to neglect the rest of our social options. Living in community takes a lot of time and attention. People in community are forced to prioritize and priorities naturally fall upon the immediate community. -Gordon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > Gordon Weil Phone: (612) 626-8851 < < Division of Epidemiology Fax: (612) 626-9444 > > University of Minnesota Internet: WEIL [at] > EPIVAX.EPI.UMN.EDU < ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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