|Re: Non-resident members||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: ElanaKahn (ElanaKahnaol.com)|
|Date: Thu, 21 Nov 1996 11:53:08 -0600|
Hi, Janine S. asked about non-resident members. About half of the Westwood (in Asheville, NC) members live in other parts of the country and even the world; one member currently lives in Israel. We have devised a proxy partner system that works well. Each long-distance member pairs up with a local proxy partner to represent him/her at meetings as well as possible from the distance. The two get to know each other well enough by phone, letter, fax, email or whatever that the local one has a pretty good idea what the non-local one's major concerns are. The long-distance member's job is to keep up with the minutes and other mailings and contact the local proxy partner (and pay for the call) if and when an issue comes up that is especially important. The local proxy speaks to the other's concerns at a meeting and contributes to the decision-making process with that person's views in mind. If the long-distance person feels strongly enough about something to hold up consensus, the local proxy helps to resolve the problem. It is not as good as being in the room all together hashing it out, but it certainly gives non-resident members a way to participate and helps build personal relationships and trust. Elana Kahn Westwood CoHousing Community Asheville, NC where we have found a builder, are now negotiating our construction loan, hope to start building in January, and have 3 dwellings available out of 24!
Non-resident members Janine Sternlieb, November 21 1996
- Re: Non-resident members ElanaKahn, November 21 1996
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