|Healthy long term communities||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Exchange) (Robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 18:09:36 -0500|
I wrote: When people get attacked, disregarded, disrespected or just = ignored consensus doesn't work. Stu wrote: It seems to me very unlikely that voting will work under these = conditions either. I mean, a decisionill be made, but it seems to me that if folks are attacked, their concerns ignored, and then they are = outvoted, they are very unlikely to form part of a healthy group long term. And Rob adds: I am not sure that cohousing is a very good place to form long term = groups, there seems no real commitment to that agenda as being what = cohousing is for. I think it will be very revealing to examine the = first wave of cohousing groups at about age 7 or so and see how = turn-over has effected the groups cohesiveness. The community forming = bonds which come from the give and take and process of design and = development will not likely be present in those who join the turn key = developed project and so will have to be formed in some other way.=20 If new members don't get much insight into the groups history, and get = to know people on more than just a slightly more than superficial level, = then I suspect over time, the groups cohesiveness may decline = substantially. As the group gets taken over by people who are = essentially still strangers,and there is no group commitment to really = getting to know and understand each other, nor any decision nor process = which makes this happen, then I suspect much of the benefits of = cooperative living could fall back on whatever shared site features = there are. Perhaps even a conversion of the commonhouse into a more = condo like recreation center. (Yeah, we're tearing out the kitchen, can = you imagine? The people who built this place actually ate dinner = together!- whew, what a bunch of weirdo's) I wonder what the ratio of change of community dinner participation is = over time? Will those people who move in to built projects participate? = How much participation is needed in order to maintain the system? Are = there trends now in places like Winslow or Muir Commons? =20 Rob Sandelin Slinging out sociology research thesis questions again Sharingwood
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