|Workshop ruled||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Mandel (dlmandelrcip.com)|
|Date: Mon, 6 Jan 1997 04:54:24 -0600|
Karen Smith of EcoVillage wrote: " ... The workshop committee of the first neighborhood of the ecovillage at Ithaca is working on how to organize the day-to-day functioning of our workshop. Would people from communities with workshops that have been up & running for a while please send information about how you organize this: governing structure, operational procedures, advice, tips, what works, what didn't work? ... " This could have been another example in the message I sent a couple minutes ago about rules in general. Maybe we're weird here, but we're pretty darn minimalist when it comes to governing structures and operational procedures for our workshop -- and a lot of other things too, I guess. We made building a small workshop a high priority for our very small site because a couple of members had some good woodworking tools. Since they were losing the garages or basements they had at former homes, they gained a place to keep the equipment; everyone else gained access to that equipment and a lot of other tools and supplies that people put in the workshop. Also,the community bought a power miter saw when a lot of us were installing wood floors just before we moved in. Rules? Well, the building is kept locked for safety; if you use it you're supposed to clean up; if you borrow something you're supposed to put it back quickly; if you break something you replace or fix it -- but I don't think any of these rules are really written down anywhere. Does anyone think that would be necessary? Otherwise, a committee that meets maybe twice a year removes excess junk that accumulates and is working on a dust collection system with funds authorized by the community. The only dispute I can recall resulted without too much fuss with one end of the building being reserved for work on bicycles. I can't think of any more governing structures or operational procedures we could possibly need. We have too many more important things to argue about, like stray cats. ... :-) David Mandel, Southside Park, Sacramento
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