|National Cohousing Organization||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Alan Carpenter (acarpentdirect.ca)|
|Date: Wed, 16 Jul 1997 18:41:15 -0500|
I want to point out that our current structure is informal, very effective and self sustaining. A local group promoting Cohousing can evolve to becoming a resource in the area as a consultant group and help facilitate the creation of more Cohousing. A national organization and formal structure takes a lot of energy and money. In my what works is an informal networking such as we already have set up. The energy to help get more Cohousing happening is promoting on a local level and working towards making Cohousing happen in our own back yard. Also this work can be charged for since it is valuable to the world at large. I have structured a national Cohousing Society in Canada and it seems to serve no function at this time. I am looking at changing it's function from promotion to becoming a non profit developer of Cohousing. I now do Cohousing consulting to help groups through the process and charge a fee for that. I see that the energy to become national may be most effective to develope Cohousing in local regions and network as we have done. This maintains the "grass roots" part that I believe is important in the Creation of Cohousing communities. As I have heard a quote " An organization is the death of a movement".
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