|Re:Common meals B4 commons House||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dahako (Dahakoaol.com)|
|Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 12:13:07 -0600 (MDT)|
Hi - To supplement what my Eno Commons neighbor, Christine, wrote, we do love eating together here. Back when we only had a small group, we were having trouble starting and ending our business meetings on time. We were really a group of strangers with a dream we weren't completely sure we held common views on. So, on a hunch, we started having potluck hours before meetings and regular weekend pancake breakfasts. Suddenly, our business meetings snapped into focus and keeping close to the designated duration became more of a rule than an exception. Plus, we found out we liked each other. When we realized that the people who came to our shared meals were more likely to join (and stay in) than those who didn't, we made a concerted effort to invite prospective members to eat with us - at our homes, restaurants, parks. . . The current all-community Tuesday night and business meeting Sunday dinners are a continuation of what we've always done. All adults who live on site are expected to take a turn cooking, even if they don't ever eat (but everyone does - at least sometimes). But we are finding we have lots of different expectations about how often, how expensive, how to pay, who should pay, how to deal with food preferences, how to deal with kid noise (we've got 18 kids on-site who are 9 and under), sign-ups or not, and all the other usual suspects. A couple of us are formally interviewing all the adults in the group to try to find out what the issues and ideas are. Then I expect we'll probably spend the next couple of years (especially after we have a commons house) figuring out what process suits us best. Jessie Handforth Kome Eno Commons Durham, NC
Common Meals B4 Commons House DCS, October 11 1999
- Re:Common meals B4 commons House Dahako, October 12 1999
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