|RE: Ideology in Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousemail.msn.com)|
|Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 14:38:35 -0600|
What is an ideology? How is this different than a group value? My working definition of ideology is a belief that everybody in the community is expected to subscribe to. Many groups call these, "core values". In some case I am not sure what the difference is. The most common ideology in cohousing that I have observed is environmental. Many cohousing groups espouse environmentalist ideology, although they then turn around and declare that they have no ideology! Although I have never been there, I suspect a place like Eco-village at Ithaca would be a good example of a Cohousing group having an overriding environmental ideology. From what I have seen of such things, they act as filters, screening people in or out based on whether they believe in the groups goals. If your goal to protect the environment then having that be an expectation upfront is going give you all something in common. This is not necessarily bad. Having a common mission is one of the things that long lasting communities have in common. The place where this causes groups problems is where not everybody in the group subscribes to the groups stated ideology or values. This tends to either cause sharp disagreements over issues that touch the ideology, or it tends to dilute the groups ideology. Rob Sandelin
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