Re: Community meetings - frequency?
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2005 12:40:45 -0700 (PDT)

On Jun 24, 2005, at 8:51 AM, jsutfran [at] wrote:

The issue is framed in the context of meeting frequency but could a broader question could be dealing with community burnout? OR balancing personal and community?

My first question is how do these people expect to keep a community going? 90 days between check ins?

But I agree with Rob that different kinds of get togethers sound best during this phase. People are building their own houses so that is not a group effort. Having meetings just to have meetings isn't productive and perhaps there are no decisions the community needs to make right now. A lot of things are better worked out in reality after you move in than before when discussions are based on ideals or fears.

Times that bring people together to discuss an issue, share a celebratory meal, or to participate in an activity like storytelling for children might be the best way to stay in touch and deepen your relationships without having to have "everyone" at a meeting.

It's also a difficult time since soon, there will be a core moved in and many people still "out there." You will need to remember to include the outties in all activities the innies plan. They will easily feel excluded.

Sharon Villines
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