|Re: Work Requirements||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jim Snyder-Grant (jimsgnewview.org)|
|Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2000 15:33:24 -0600 (MDT)|
Sharon asked a few questions about work in 'mature' communities. Here's answers for New View (Acton MA). People have been living here since 1995, so I guess we qualify as at least semi-mature, although we have an appealingly silly quality as well. > > How often do you have full community meetings? Once per month, on the 15th. (exceptions: If the 15th is on a Fridays or Saturday, we move to Thursday or Sunday, resepctively). > How often does the board or its equivalent meet? About 1 week before the general meeting. > How often do work groups or teams meet? Varies tremendously. Common house committee probably meets the most these days, as the C.H. is busy & rules are evolving. Maybe once every 2 weeks? Most others are 1/month, or less. > At TVC we are tensing up for move-in and some assurance that the >work load eases off at some point would be helpful -- not that I > would want to influence your responses or anything. Based on our experience: less work will get done in the first year, no matter what the work load is, because most HHs will need to focus inward on setting up their house & adjusting to a new location. Luckily, you CAN do less that first year. Let's face it: you've made it in, the big thing worked out, now you are talking about degrees & choices & shades. For example, if your landscaping looks really ooky the first year or two, you can start fixing it later. Landscaping is remarkably forgiving & can be fixed by time & money. If relationships get a bit strained after move-in, you can fix those over time as well: you are now about to be neighbors for the next few decades & have time to slowly grow fabulous connections that can stand a few rough times without falling apart. This is different than the early days: A real estate deal gone sour may be gone forever, and the people involved may never reconnect. You are over the big enterprise-threatening hurdles. Time to kick back & be sure to celebrate. Also: be sure to help each other move in, with meals, packing/unpacking, friendly visits & other logistical support. Moving is REALLY stressful, and helpful connections REALLY make a big difference. -Jim New View (Acton MA)
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