|RE: Re: self-sufficient community||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Exchange) (RobsanExchange.MICROSOFT.com)|
|Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996 18:52:30 -0600|
Becoming "self-sufficient" as a community of people can have many meanings. Does that mean you produce all your own food, water, power? Or just mean most people work at community based enterprises? I would think in order to be a self-sufficent community you would have to be completely independent from the banking industry. Obviously then this means finding a place which is subsidized by someone or another, or joining someplace which is already paid for. Becoming "self sufficient" would require a higher level of economic cooperation than is typical in cohousing. One of the unspoken but very obvious conditions of cohousing is economic self sufficientcy, that is, I am responsible for my own income generation and responsible for only my own debts and costs. Economic cooperation, where community members pool their assets and debts, is typical of communal communities and is something cohousing in general has striven to distance itself from, primarily because the target audience for cohousing has been the middle class, few of whom have much interest of even giving 5% of their time or income to charity, much less all of it to the community. If a self sufficient community is really your goal, I would suggest looking past cohousing and into other forms of intentional community. Its not that cohousing CAN'T be self- suffiecient, its just not the way it has developed. Of course it depends on your definition of self-suffiecient. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
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