|Re: weird people||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Scott Cowley (scowleyalexandria.lib.utah.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 23 Apr 1997 09:52:37 -0500|
Steve, You have touched upon a classic but rarely discussed aspect of cohousing organizing. We have had, and continue, to be witness to extremes of need and behavior at times. I think that as far as public meetings go, Denise's advice of getting good facilitation is crucial. You might have some group members in the audience who can move toward such a person and tactfully squelch outbursts. They most often consist of loony questions and refusal to take their turn. On a larger scale, I have found that it is useful to frequently reiterate to the group that the main purpose is _to put a roof over our heads_, not to be a T-Group (therapy). Then put everyone to work. Those with extreme needs will rapidly select themselves out. Also, the group's tolerance for emotional neediness will be short because creating cohousing requires steady, persistent commitment and consistency, cooperation, and strength.
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