|writing community guidelines||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Judith Bush (jbushtogether.net)|
|Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 14:22:12 -0700 (MST)|
At Cobb Hill in Hartland, VT, we call our guidelines for living here Common Rules and Agreements (CR&A's), and they have a status that is lower than that of our Bylaws, but taken seriously (of course!). Some of our completed ones are on our website: www.cobbhill.org. I expect that from time to time we will continue to need one for a topic not yet encountered. Once some entity - a committee or the gathered membership in a full meeting - determines the need for a guideline, it is drafted, reviewed by a small group in committee, then circulated for approval or recommendation of changes to the entire membership. Its adoption always requires consensus. Often it has been discussed at the monthly meeting. We've been grateful to read and plagiarize liberally from other cohousings (e.g. we leaned on Heartwood for our Conflict Transformation Common Rule and Agreement), and to make contact in other ways with people who have experience with how these documents work best (our friends at Pioneer Valley, for example). We often refer to our Rental CR&A to keep us on track when someone needs to rent, and our CR&A on pets has provided guidance for the pet issues that have arisen here. Good luck - is a nice distraction from the focus on construction. Makes you believe you'll get beyond it and really have a life in your community that's about something other square feet for this and materials for that. Judith Bush _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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