|Unsuccessful coho groups||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Kevin Day (daykeviksg1.harvard.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 4 Jan 1997 19:56:03 -0600|
Hi folks! I've been lurking on this list for a few months now. I am a graduate student doing some research on cohousing, community, and civic participation (broadly defined, not just voting). I am in a research seminar (with Bob Putnam, who wrote "Bowling Alone" and "The Decline of Civic America" in the American Prospect) with other students who are looking at ways in which social networks and values that lead to greater civic engagement can be precipitated (and by civic engagement I mean working on issues that concern the greater community, not just immediate personal/family needs). Essentially, this is the political science approach to the problem of the disappearance of community, along with the theory that "community" is vital for effective government function. I am trying to do some measuring of how much one's investing energy, time, and money in a cohousing project leads to greater civic participation. In order to do so, however, I need a group of persons with varying levels of "investment" (including time and energy, not just $). Therefore, I am asking if there are any readers of this list who have tried to form a cohousing group but have failed, or were interested but unable to join for some reason. So if there are any such persons, I would LOVE to hear from you and send you a short (I promise!) survey to fill out via e-mail. Thanks so much for your time and I've immensely enjoyed the discussions on this list. Sincerely, Kevin (future cohouser....?) Kevin W. Day John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard University daykevi [at] ksg.harvard.edu
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