|RE: Nonresident members and waiting list||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Tue, 24 Jun 1997 08:39:31 -0500|
I would really reccomend you find a way to incorporate these folks into your scene. People will be concerned about overpopulating your facilities but this is not a big issue in reality because your regular members will not participate 100 percent so it will even out. The advantage comes two to three years after you move in. What happens is that some of your current residents will reduce their participation quite a bit and having extra energies from "friends of cohousing" will be wonderful. Also, you WILL have units to resell, and it is absolutely to your advantage to have a wonderful group of interested cohousing want-a-bes waiting in the wings to sell to. So I advise to create a "friends of cohousing" list, invite these people to parties, encourage them to be part of dinner (work and cook too, not just eating if they want), let them come to your decision meetngs and in general, get to know them and put energy into them, and encourage them to put energy into the community. It is unlikely to amount to more than 6-10 people at any given time being actively participatory. Keep track of ALL these kind of folks, even after they stop coming around, because they are the ones that are going to buy your resells in the future, and you want them to. You don't want to have to advertise your resells in the cohousing journal, you want to have a nice fat list of people you can sell to. At Sharingwood we just sold a house about a week ago and the news of the house for sale never got past our borders, till now. Same thing with rentals here. Make a list of friends, encourage them with invitations to participate, make room at the table for them. Almost all of them will show up for awhile then kind of drift off. Keep their name and address handy and when you want to raise that barn, paint the commonhouse, or dance the night away, invite these folks and give them the opportunity to return your hospitality. Most will. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood Cedar Village Permaculture Retreat Center (forming)
Nonresident members and waiting list MartyR707, June 20 1997
- RE: Nonresident members and waiting list Rob Sandelin, June 24 1997
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