|Followup: how can a group use existing knowledge?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Molly Lazar (mollyschaeferyahoo.com)|
|Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 04:15:46 -0800 (PST)|
Tree Bressen wrote: "Rather than adopt one other's community's structures wholesale (as someone else posted about), i would recommend that when considering a policy or approach to a new topic, a forming group look at the range of what's been adopted by other groups, and then decide what is the right fit for them. To me that seems like a nice middle path between totally reinventing the wheel, and adopting something that you have no investment in or deep thought about." It was our group, Blue Ridge Cohousing, that adopted another community's rules. It needs a little more explanation. Two out of our seven equity member families at time of land signing actually live in the other cohousing community, Shadowlake Village. So we do have a lot of investment and thought about how these rules work and what they do. We have adopted them with the knowledge that there were specific areas we wanted to change. To change these specific items, we did research online and at the cohousing conference to get alternatives, like the library Tree suggested. We then mixed elements we liked best out of these options. Basically, our mantra has been "don't reinvent the wheel." One of the reasons we have done this is there were 2 other failed previous cohousing efforts in the Charlottesville area. So cohousing has a bit more of an uphill climb in Charlottesville. We have extra pressure to do things as practically as possible. Molly Lazar resident, Shadowlake Village, Blacksburg, VA member, Blue Ridge Cohousing, Crozet, VA http://www.blueridgecohousing.org/
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