|Bill of Rights/Social Codes||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Marti Major (marti.majorgenetics.utah.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 2 Jan 1997 12:26:02 -0600|
Dear Joe: We here in Salt Lake are going through the same thing. We will be developing our "Bill of Rights"; we already have a conflict resolution process which has taught us we need the social code too. Our government has come to the constitution/laws and cops conclusion already, we are just independently arriving at the same conclusions. What genius! Well we need a specific list of minimums. This includes work, participation, manners, hot tub protocols, and yes, pets. This process forces us all to deal with our various ideals of what cohousing is. These visions that we each hold separately do not always (hardly ever is more accurate) include each other's visions. We need to get more or less on the same page before we go into partnership to the tune of $100,000 to $150,000 each houselhold. Before our construction starts, we need to know what we expect out of each other and what we hope to avoid. Even then there will be no guanatees, but we will atleast all be more concious of what we are getting into. We have not focused on our social architecture, we have spent all our time/money on physical aspects. If we have no harmony, the architecture won't matter, because the value of our homes so closely knit together will be nothing if our community is not harmonious. Hoping that harmony organically manifests from our architectural design is ludicrous. We need to conciously create the structure for our interactions, socializing and physically working together. To assume that we will all know what the right thing to do is, and that we will always choose the right thing, is unrealistic. Creating community is alot of work. Marti Major, Wasatch Cohouing, SLC., UT.
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