|RE: How do the committees work in your community?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Floriferousclassic.msn.com)|
|Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 22:07:41 -0500|
One of the behaviors that in my opinion is a mistake, is when communities get into the measuring of contributions activity. In my observation it is much better to affirm and celebrate accomplishments and contributions than nag and degrade non-contributions. In the end, is the person who spends 20 hours planning the commonhouse more important than a person who, three years after you move in, spends hours with the children teaching them self asteem and how to read? The person who has little interest in being a real estate developer, and so contributes little to those tasks, may be the person who enjoys organizing group rituals, or filing, or bookkeeping, or window washing, etc. Cohousing groups often expect that all members are supposed to really care about the water system design and this can actually drive away very good potential members. I have seen whole groups spend 3 hours of large group time working on land development issues where 2/3rds of the whole group do not care one whit. What a waste of human capital. Encourage people to follow their joys, and your community will be much more successfull. And rule #6 of successful communities is: When its your turn to clean the toilets, sing and make it fun for yourself. Mary Poppins was absolutely right, the dirt jobs can be transformed when you make them fun. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood Just a spoon full of sugar,... uh organic fructose extract, makes the medicine go down...
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