|Lessons from new world utopias and there implications for cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Exchange) (RobsanExchange.MICROSOFT.com)|
|Date: Fri, 5 Jan 1996 10:47:35 -0600|
One of the learnings from the "new world uptopias" is that single leader heirachical systems didn't last as long as multiple leader democratic systems. The communities where the focus was around a dynamic leader/visonary usually fell apart once the leader lost power, died, was dethroned, whatever. Communities built around shared leadership, most of which being of religous focus, did pretty well and some continue to this day. I find projects like eco-village at ithaca to be very inspiring in that they are succeeding in blending a value system with a housing system. It will be interesting to track this over time as units come up for resale. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with creating a distinctive purpose for your community, including establishing a value system, it just limits who will join to (hopefully) those that subscribe to the same value system. It is my opinion, based on what I have learned from the intentional communities movement, that a strong shared value and belief system lends itself to the longevity of the community. Since most cohousing has kind of a weak value system, if any, it will be interesting to watch cohousing over the next 20 years to see if the "sense of community" within the developments is maintained. In discussions with some folks from Denmark the sense of community, and more importantly the commitment to the community in some Danish projects has clearly declined over time as the original founders were replaced with others who bought in becuase it was a convienient place to live. Those who bought in later were less involved with the dinners, less involved in the governance etc. This is a very limited sample however (2 communities out of 200) and so in no way is indicative of the future of cohousing in America. One lesson from some older US intentional communities is to regularily examine your group mission and purpose statement. This sort of "why are we here?" quesitoning brings up some good issues and serves as a grounding place for future decisions. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
Lessons from new world utopias and there implications for cohousing Rob Sandelin (Exchange), January 5 1996
- Re: Lessons from new world utopias and there implications for cohousing Stuart Staniford-Chen, January 5 1996
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