|Re: Distance participation, (was prospective non-locals)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 13:17:00 -0600 (MDT)|
On 5/05/2003 10:59 AM, "Gary Kent" <garykent [at] uniserve.com> wrote: > Our group, Roberts Creek Cohousing, is facing the challenge of distant > members. A wonderfully explanatory post. You certainly do want to keep posting as there are people who would like to move to BC and moving to a cohousing community is the easiest way to move anywhere -- instant community! One thing you might think about if you are able to build your commonhouse before all the lots are sold is building in an apartment upstairs for those who are relocating and still building their houses. That would help pay for the commonhouse, give them a place to squat, and could later be converted to guest rooms and what-not. One point that came up for me when I was at a distance for a year and a half (!) might be helpful for your group. I was comfortable with any decisions the group made as long as I knew they had been made by consensus -- that good process had been followed locally. A lot of our business was done on email so I was able to follow the major decisions and to see what most people were happy with and what was causing rumblings. One issue that I happened to know a lot about I felt was not being taken seriously by the group -- a decision was being accepted without the whole group really paying any attention. They thought it was a trivial, reversible decision but I felt it was a more permanent commitment that would affect the image of the community as well as the finances. (I also thought it was an ugly and pointless addition but that was easy to let go.) I persisted in objecting on email until a well-attended meeting was held in which I was assured that people really listened and affirmed their agreement. I'm glad that meeting was held because almost everything I felt has turned out to be true but there can be no rumbling about it because people did make their decision fully with fair warning. Thus it has not been divisive, although we will have to get rid of it eventually. Sharon -- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
Distance participation, (was prospective non-locals) Gary Kent, May 5 2003
- Re: Distance participation, (was prospective non-locals) Sharon Villines, May 5 2003
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