|Re: Group Involvement in the Development Process||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Racheli&John (jnpalmeattglobal.net)|
|Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 15:18:04 -0700 (MST)|
** Reply to note from Sharon Villines <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com> Wed, 12 Dec 2001 15:00:37 -0500 >From Racheli Sonora Cohousing I strongly disagree with both Chris and Sharon: Our group was very involved in the development process, and IMO this has resulted in a much much better product than we'd have had otherwise. It means we live in less toxic houses; that we got to push the envelope regarding environmental materials etc. to some extent, and while some mistakes elluded us, others got caught in the nick of time. I find that almost every screw-up that happened in the process of building our project was due to incompetence and mistakes by professionals - not as a result of lack of knowledge or lack of timely response by our group. I do agree that groups need to think carefully what they can take on (in terms of sweat equity etc.), because it's all too easy to take on more than is realistically possible. Regarding Chris's hypothesis that groups that do too much at the development phase end up burned out - we definitly had some burned out people among us, but this doesn't seem to me to be the root cause of the problems we are going through now - for one thing, many of the people who seem to me to be especially problematic are late arrivals. I find that working hard with other people on a project can be a *bonding* experience, not necessarily a divisive one. I think a lot depends on how it's done. (And my own bias is that the better consensus is used, the more likely people will find the experience of cooperating life enhancing and community- building, not the other way around). R. _______________________________________________ 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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