|Re: Reinventing the Wheel||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: MLYNCHIN (MLYNCHINaol.com)|
|Date: Thu, 1 May 1997 22:24:48 -0500|
In a message dated 04.30.97 4:53:32 PM, Rebbry [at] aol.com wrote: << Much of the work I've done over the past 7 or so years has focused on designing and facilitating group processes. I enjoy looking at models for visioning or strategic planning or cohousing or economic development, but the problem is that no two groups are ever the same. Organizational cultures are strikingly different. And then there's developmental stage: groups go through the same process of maturation that individuals follow. And personalities! If all these factors and many more are not taken into account in custom-designing group processes, well, it's just like trying to fit every member in your cohousing group into the exact same, one-size-fits-all swimsuit. Picture that for a minute. >> Thank you for your message. I found it provoking and timely. We at Old Oakland are in the midst of designing the common house and our condominium units, and sometimes in our discussion someone would say something like "that's not the cohousing way" and therefore the idea is not pursued or "the cohousing way" becomes the default even though it was based on rural or suburban developments. Newbies to cohousing, to group process, to architectural designing go through a learning curve before reaching a zone where they can begin to critique what's before them. Based on your comments, I think I will have a fresh perspective when examining the drawings. Marilyn Old Oakland CoHousing at Swan's Market, Oakland, CA
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