|RE: Levels of membership: economic burdens||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2001 10:19:05 -0700 (MST)|
Creating community is a great thing, real estate development is a huge burden. Doing both at the same time is one of the most difficult and unlikely endeavors I can think of. Balancing the two means giving access to non-investors, but perhaps not control. Decision making is control. Keeping control of the project, and building a sense of inclusiveness is the challenge. In my travels around the cohousing circuit I often have heard of decision making based on economic investment levels. For Cohousing, I think this approach makes sense. Create a two tiered system, one for people who invest deeply, a second for those that invest shallow. Decision making power should rest with the first set, the second set open as advisors and collaborators. I know that this is not egalitarian. But for cohousing, which is involved in multi-million dollar real estate development projects, I think it makes sense. Over ten years of watching cohousing I have seen this scenario repeated dozens of times: A person with little investment, and little real ability to actually be a homeowner, insists upon a decision to accommodate their needs, and then six months later they drop out of the group because they can't afford it, and never really could anyway. The group is then stuck with that decision. Rob Sandelin Community Works! _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
- Levels of membership Dennis Jay, November 28 2001
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