|Re: Work levels||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jerry McIntire (contrajhevanet.com)|
|Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 14:09:38 -0600|
This is regarding varying levels of common chore participation by cohousers, specifically Scott Cowley's Jan 13 post. (From Jerry McIntire in Portland, OR, member of an as-yet-unnamed retrofit cohousing group meeting regularly and looking for more folks interested in close-in, affordable cohousing). Scott Cowley wrote, essentially, make everyone agree to do an equal share of the work and get rid of them if they don't. Nice in theory? Agreeing on what should be done is not likely at all, since: A. agreement on such details when a group is buying/planning/building is low on the agenda B. Definitions of cleanliness and frequency needs vary widely C. It doesn't work in the planning and building stages, why would it later? People who have different standards and time availability don't necessarily want to perpetuate the servant class or live in gated communities. How about changes in people's lives? They happen. How about differences in ability? If we do have age-diverse communities, who wants to force octogenarians out for work parties? Not that many of them can't participate, but all of them? I appreciated the attitude expressed earlier on this list, that for a close-knit community to succeed, member's contributions, at whatever varied level they come in, can be appreciated. It's not going to work if an absolute equality of participation is required. Jerry
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