Re: Chris Kemp's Response to Rules & Regs Violation
From: Dave and Diane (
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 18:59:44 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Liz, and all you folks in coho-land

No, that is not the case. It's just that the cohousers I have observed are not great on follow-up. I've noticed a tendency over the years not to want to put a lot of emphasis on procedures, almost as a sort of backlash against beaurocracy. Cohousing people want a lot of flexibility on how they approach life. Which is great until you forget that you made a decision five years ago on something and you really shouldn't be wasting people's time by bringing it up again unless the reasons for the original decision have changed substantially. So, it you don't have good follow-up procedures (make sure the decision log is avaialable; make sure you have a buddy to introduce new people to the community and explain how things work; make sure you have a newsletter or website that keeps people up-to-date) there are bound to be these sorts of snafus.

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On Sun, 16 Apr 2006, at 19:05:25, Liz of mosaic commons wrote:

Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2006 19:05:25 -0400
From: Liz <liz [at]>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Chris Kemp's Response to Rules & Regs Violation

So, I'm not in cohousing yet. We are getting ready to build.

And I am hearing, mostly, from this list that if my community decides
on a principle that is important to us, and comes to consensus on
that issue, that we should not assume that there is any good reason
to actually FOLLOW what we agreed to.
After all, I'm paying good money for this home, why should I follow a
rule that I helped create?

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