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|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 07:06:01 -0600 (MDT)|
Glenn GChinery [at] aol.com is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> because the message included HTML ; PLEASE do not post HTML, see http://csf.colorado.edu/cohousing/2001/msg01672.html and http://www.harley.com/turn-off-html/ Note: I had to supply a subject line and was unsure if this was a reply to a previous message. So I made up a subject. -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- We here at Eastern Village Cohousing (Silver Spring, MD; moving in at the end of the summer of '04) are just having to begin to wrestle with the issues of sweat equity, community responsibilities, volunteerism, etc. Several models of how to structure everyones' contributory tasks for maintenance, cleaning, cooking common meals, etc. have been suggested, but we really don't know what will work, and what we will end up with or how successful we will be. Our community is extremely diverse in every category imaginable - from age, career, ethnicity and religous orientation to culinary preferences, specialized knowledge and partnership status. So far we (all 40 or so households of us, out of 55 eventual households) have been remarkably successful at consensing, planning and compromising (not perfect, but better than I would have expected); and I and a few others are extremely confident that this community can work out anything that we put our mind to --- we have such a treasure trove of great, caring and community-oriented people full of varied knowledge, experience, expertise and interests - and enthusiasm. I tend to think that we need accountability and organization, and I would like to see our condo fee structured with a monetary component and a service component - the service component commensurate with various persons' abilities and interests. I am not above allocating some community monetary resources to hiring outsiders to do some of the tasks that are either onerous or need specialized professional expertise to tackle. Some other community members think that most everything can be handled on a volunteer basis. I am a little afraid that the 80/20 rule will assert itself if there is all volunteerism and no accountability (that is, 20% of the people end up doing 80% of the work). I'm just free-associating my thoughts and musings on this - it will be interesting to see how we end up managing all of our community needs. --Glenn _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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