|Re: Meetings||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Berrins (Berrinsaol.com)|
|Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 21:50:02 -0600 (MDT)|
In a message dated 6/7/01 12:07:31 PM, rarjet [at] learnlink.emory.edu writes: << I guess what's at the bottom of my curiosity is this: do other people consider meeting attendance a central requirement of living in a consensus-based community? If so, then why is there so much trouble in getting people to show up? What are those instructive reasons for people not showing up, and do they generally hold water? Thanks, Robert Arjet >> When the group is forming and there are a million decisions to be made, often in haste because the builder is finally ready with your floor choices and needs a decision yesterday, attendance should be a central requirement. First, because it helps you to get to know one another. Second, because you will continue to meet after move-in and its good to get into the habit. Three, because it isn't fair to make other people so all the work. Four, because members who attend randomly often don't know what's going on, so when they finally show up the group has to spend time getting those members up to speed and then spend more time discussing the issue yet again. I'm sure there's more, but that's plenty for now. At Pathways we didn't have much of a problem getting people to show up during the development phase. Once you've invested a few thousand dollars you'll find your interest in getting things rolling pick up. Plus, we made many decisions that physically and socially shaped our future lives; house designs, rules and regulations, pet policy and many more. If people can't get to a meeting to discuss these major life decisions, then they probably won't show up for the minor ones and won't be very interactive neighbors. To best use your meeting time, get out as much information ahead of time as possible, and be sure to read it! Let your committees organize the information and get proposals together. Well run, efficient and fun meetings are your best way of getting folks to come regularly. Excuses? Children, work and distance are some of the more common ones. Many are legitimate. If people truly can't get to general meetings, they can always do committee work- information gathering, contact for prospective members, arranging childcare, work on retreats; anything that doesn't require actually being there. Good luck! Roger Berman Pathways Cohousing Northampton, MA _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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