Re: Meetings are a bad way to recruit people...or not
From: Elizabeth Stevenson (
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 09:45:02 -0700 (MST)
Very good point, Sharon. I, myself, was already very interested in cohousing
before I knew the one I live in now was even planned. When I went to the
first meeting, I knew I was in the right place. I was so impressed with how
they related to each other during a very angry discussion about money. I
knew that they were people who respected other people, had similar values to
mine, and were already a close-knit community. We all learn and get
information in different ways. Verbal learners get info through talking, and
visual learners are bored to tears by that.

Rob, my sense is that people who *actually* have no clue about community
before they go to a meeting or potluck are totally clueless anyway, and
won't want to be involved. (yeah, I know, there are exceptions to

Liz Stevenson
Southside Park Cohousing
Sacramento, California
tamgoddess [at]
> From: Sharon Villines <sharon [at]>

> On 11/20/02 12:11 AM, "Rob Sandelin" <floriferous [at]> wrote:
>> A lot of people have NO CLUE what community is  about. They see your
>> brochure, they get some concepts. Yes, community has conflict involved, and
>> intensity, and negotiations, and personal change and growth. And people
>> should know that. But if they don't get a warm fuzzy feeling fairly quickly,
>> they might not have the commitment to stick around to see if they ever do.
> Depends on the person. I don't respond to the generic warm fuzzy, for
> example. I relate to people through their work and their ideas about things.
> My first question about a group would be how do you get things done?
> Who would want a whole group of people who like pot lucks? Or meetings? Or
> swim parties? Or book clubs? Or budgets?
> Sharon

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