Re: How to develop a group for 50+ without family,
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 09:57:00 -0700 (PDT)

On Jul 1, 2007, at 12:42 PM, Stuart Joseph wrote:

That is an excellent point. Caer Coburn is still recruiting members and we aren't making too many rules at this point because we want all of the members to be a part of the creation process, not just the few of us at
the beginning.

Caer Coburn, a traditional village based upon cohousing and intentional communities in
Rockingham, Vermont, USA

I encourage people to look at Caer Coburn's website. It is very attractive and a good example of stating values and goals without making rules.

Not setting rules is not the same thing as not clarifying values and setting goals. If you avoid both, you end up with a lot of people who had no idea what other people were thinking. A group that forms around shared values and goals is more likely to have less of a shock at move-in.

Sharon Villines
Coauthor with John Buck of We the People
Consenting to a Deeper Democracy
A Guide to Sociocratic Principles and Methods
ISBN: 9780979282706

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