|Re: Some advice for forming > communities||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mac & Sandy Thomson (ganeshrmi.net)|
|Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 12:47:01 -0700 (MST)|
We took the approach of creating philosophical policies while avoiding creating specific rules around such issues as renters, pets, parenting, on site employment, personal finances, general design, spiritual expression, etc. I think that helped people understand our general values in those areas without getting into specific rule making which at that pre-move-in stage can often be based on unrealistic fears. Below is a sample of some of our agreements. All of our agreements can be found at: http://www.heartwoodcohousing.com/AGREEMENTS/TOC.html - Mac =========================== PEOPLE Self Selecting Membership Anyone is welcome to join that meets membership requirements, which are designed to fully introduce the prospective member to the community. (See our MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION.) Keeping it Easy While we recognize that living in community places some additional demands on the members, we also recognize that we choose community because of the benefits it offers. We strive to minimize the demands placed on members, in terms of time, money, infringement on personal freedoms, and otherwise. Voluntary Participation We create an environment giving all of us an abundance of opportunities for group interaction and activities, but we allow participation in those activities to be voluntary wherever possible. Rules Because of the trust we have for each other to act responsibly, we enact minimal rules and instead rely upon open communication and the spirit of cooperation to ensure that we treat each other and the community fairly and respectfully. Children's Representation Although children may not have the same rights and responsibilities as adults, as equally valued members of the community, their interests are represented in all decision making. On Site Employment On site employment will be supported which has minimal adverse impact on the community. Members will provide the community with fair compensation for professional use of community resources. Parenting Parents are free to raise their children as they see fit keeping in mind that parents are responsible for their children's actions, health, safety, and welfare. Any form of shared parenting is voluntary. FINANCE Financial Independence Each household is a financially independent entity, responsible for paying their own expenses and free from any obligation to pay others'. Financial assistance given from one household to another is a private matter. Cost Allocation Where practical, costs are equitably allocated based on who derives the benefits from them, which may be on a per household, per person, or some other basis. Home Resale Owners are free to sell their homes to whomever they wish so long as the new home buyers are intent upon being active members of the community. New home buyers must become members of the community by completing the Membership Application process before moving in. -- Mac & Sandy Thomson Heartwood Cohousing ganesh [at] rmi.net Durango, Colorado Web Site: http://www.heartwoodcohousing.com Everything in excess!! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites! Moderation is for monks. - Robert Heinlein _______________________________________________ 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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