Some advice for forming communities
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 14:59:06 -0700 (MST)
SOme advice to your forming community. Don't spend a lot of time on issues
like TV until you have lived together for awhile. It's a huge waster of time
because no matter how much you read about community, the experience of the
reality is very different and you will just end up redoing many decisions
based on the reality.

You might want to make a list of all the issues that could come up, then
shelve this until they actually do. Leave as many options open to the
future. Forming groups usually have substantial turnover, and so the people
who have the strongest opinions may very well NOT be your neighbors anyway.
So table as much of these kinds of things as you can until you actually live
together. Its really dumb to make up policies of how to live  together until
you actually do.

Rob Sandelin
11 year Cohousing resident of Sharingwood

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