|Re: Re: Robs Conference Report||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Sat, 12 Nov 94 15:26 CST|
Roger Diggle Wrote: In my opinion, the group work of sorting out all the values and decisions together, including many of the decisions in being land developers, will be a major force in communification. We as residents will feel bonded to the land and our homes more firmly. Some part of the group will be steeped in each of the various issues, creating a feeling of interdependence, along with the feeling that we better understand the mechanics of our own living situation, and that we are using our collective intelligence. The next generation of cohousers, my children, will not create anything, they will buy existing. If the way community is built is you have to go through the building process, then everyone who comes in later, who just buys an existing home, is not going to be part of the community. While I agree that what Roger has said is a benefit to those who do the building, I disagree that it is a requirement, or even a necessary part of being a community. I have argued this point before, that community is not in the buildings, it is in the people and their relationships. I know of a dozen existing intentional communities where their is a huge feeling of community, and not a single one of the residents were involved in the construction. IMO the expectation for and history of community is what is going to keep things happening. If people have the expectation and desire for community, they will do amazing things not because they have to, but because they want to. The current paradigm of cohousing as real estate development is something people have to do, because they want something really badly: community. Real estate development is NOT a requirement of community, you can have lots of community with out living together (Read: Creating Community Anywhere by Carolyn Shaffer). I very much believe that it is better for a forming group to work on group issues (decisions making, getting to know and trust each other, conflict strategies, etc.) and let professionals deal with finding land, getting rezones, etc. The biggest barrier to cohousing as I see it is that is just takes too much effort and too long to accomplish. Cohousing? oh yeah, I heard about that - it takes 4 years of meetings to get a house.....No thanks. I think over time we will get a lot smarter about using and growing professionals to do the stuff they should do, and have groups of future residents working on goals, visions, group process and bonding. If those things are going along on parallel tracks, a cohousing project can be done much faster and easier. The first cars took thousands of hours to design and build. This is true of most prototypes. The first 50 cohousing groups in America are prototypes, we will get better, more efficient, and smarter about how to create them in the future. We have to if Cohousing is to continue. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
- Robs Conference Report Rob Sandelin, October 18 1994
- Re: Re: Robs Conference Report Stuart Staniford-Chen, November 13 1994
- Re: Re: Re: Robs Conference Report Roger Diggle, November 15 1994
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