|Re: Membership selection||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Nitsan Vardi (eminvunidhp.uni-c.dk)|
|Date: Sun, 24 Nov 1996 08:31:35 -0600|
Try not to! Saettedammen, established in 1972, has neither criteria nor procedures for membership selection; It is, however, a good place to live - for the founders who stayed - and for the younger families who joined later; We own our houses - plus the 1/27th of the common house - formally in the same way half of the population in denmark does. Once one ownes a house, one is a member. Formally, only owner's association membership is compulsory. Participation in social activities - and expenses - is voluntary. I am not arguing for the ownership model - only that an enthusiastic, engaged core group can attract enough suitable members AND maintain a well functioning community without resorting to formal, stringent selection procedures. There IS a filter though: because we have an attractive - for the right persons - community, house prices are slightly higher than the average price in this neighbourhood. This forces new members to weigh the advantages of cohousing, and secures engagement and enthusiasm, or at least a will to participate. I admit - this method does introduce a social bias. This is probably not as severe in Denmark as it will be in other countries, but it does exclude true low-income families. And we have some young, single members who RENT a part of a house - an arrangement which helps reduce the effective cost of living for both parts. My family, in a similar arrangement, shares the house with a single woman, not as owner and tennant but through a co-ownership agreement. I still believe that cohousing membership is biased by so many other factors, that the economic side is only a small part of the whole problem (education, political observance and ethnic tradition playing an important role, of course ). So, maybe you should try to go ahead with the members you have - and see whether you can create a good community even though the population distribution does not quite follow what you NOW believe to be ideal. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ___ __ Nitsan Vardi \ \ \ \ \ \/ \ \ Saettedammen, Denmark \ \ \ \ _\ __\ e-mail: eminv [at] unidhp.uni-c.dk \ > At 12:18 AM 11/16/96 -0600, MartyR707 [at] aol.com wrote: > >I am curious if any of the built communities out there ever experienced a > >situation something like this before you were built: > > > >*You have only a few units not spoken for > >*You feel there are not enough children or young families in the community > >*You have people interested in joining the community or being associate > >members or on a waiting list that do not fit this profile. > > > >How were such people handled? Or any ideas on how you might handle such a > >situation? > > > >Marty Roberts > >Jewell Hill, Sebastopol, CA > > > > > >
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