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|From: Sarah Kerr (skerrbecgy.com)|
|Date: Fri, 16 Jan 1998 16:05:56 -0600|
I am interested to know if anyone has tried using a labour credit system in trying to equalize the work and responsibilities of daily maintainance. I know that some of the more 'traditional' intentional communities (is that an oxymoron?) like Twin Oaks use something like that,but I don't know much about it. In my non-cohousing life I co-ordinate The Bow Chinook Barter Community, a non-profit community economic development project that helps people use their skills to meet thier needs. We have printed a local currency and publish a bulliten that lists (classified style) the goods and services that members are offering or requesting. There is a similar system in Ithaca and I wonder is anyone there has made the connection between the two ideas? I wouldn't think it would be that much of a stretch to use a 'local currency' concept to manage the contributions people make around a cohousing community. Maybe the group could come to an agreement on how many credit units each family must contribute each month, and also calculate what various jobs are worth and then track how much each family "earns". I'm sure it would be more complicated than that,but it seems like there should be some way to do it. We at Wholelife Housing are nowhere near even being built, but we hope to use such a system eventually. Has anyone tried anything like it? Cheers Sarah Wholelife Housing in Calgary, Alberta ...where we are very excited about trying to purchase an empty 2 acre lot on the recently closed 500 acre military base close to downtown. The army is under pressure not to demolish the old (but well maintained) houses, and so we are considering the price and possiblity of moving the existing military houses onto this land in a configuration we like. It might make things very recycled, affordable and relatively fast, but we would sacrifice energy efficiency and 90's design know-how. We are also considering building from the ground up and using th eNext Hme design.
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