|Re: Subsidized housing and residents selecting out of cohousing model||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: MelaSilva (MelaSilvaaol.com)|
|Date: Mon, 15 Jan 1996 08:56:57 -0600|
For many years I have been part of organizations that required participation." Parent participation preschool" (where the parents provide the majority of the daily care, usually by being part of a parent team that does everything from snacks to blocks to clean up 1 day per week) and "magnet schools" (these are designed to attract a racially ballanced student population and require about 40 hours of work per year by the parents). By enrolling my kids in these classes, they had access to environments almost on par with very good private schools, but at little or no cost to me. Since at the time I was VERY low income, this made me very happy. Imagine my surprise when most of the people I told about these wonderful opportunities weren't interested. Why? Because they didn't want to have to deal with groups, had difficulty with the level of cooperaton required, or just felt it was too much trouble. When I joined cohousing the same thing happened.No one I told about it was interested. It isn't because we are presenting it wrong. It isn't because they don't want to have dinner prepared for them. It is because they have had such bad experiences with meetings, with groups of people, with cooperating. And because they see it as being a never ending meeting, imagine their surprise when they find out that (in our group at least) almost everyone is a teacher, a lawyer, or works for the government!!! The ultimate American nightmare, being surrounded by bureaucrats!! No one can do ANYTHING without approval by a COMMITTEE !! In a previous message I spoke about the value of having good meetings. For the first 2 years in cohousing meetings, I brought quilting, sewing, crochet, anything I could think of to keep my hands busy and my tongue still. After 5 years, I can tolerate them. But I still think they are a necessary evil, and we have to keep working to improve them, shorten them, make them more productive, fun, warm, responsive. >>>We have to make sure that the people who can best tolerate long meetings don't devour this great notion called cohousing and force the rest of us to do what they want simply because we can't stomach another meeting to debate another issue.<<< Mela Silva Southside Park
RE: Subsidized housing and residents selecting out of cohousing model Rob Sandelin (Exchange), January 12 1996
- Re: Subsidized housing and residents selecting out of cohousing model MelaSilva, January 15 1996
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