Re: Member Seeking to be Project Manager
From: Laura Fitch (
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 08:42:05 -0800 (PST)
If you have just the right person, as we did with John Ryan in Pioneer
Valley Cohousing community, you can do this and save a lot of money.  If
this person has the skill set, there are ways of protecting them and the
group from the conflicts that will occur.  Same goes for any inside
professional - I think it is more dependant on skill set and personality,
than anything else.

Laura Fitch, AIA, LEED
Kraus-Fitch Architects, Inc
110 Pulpit Hill Rd.
Amherst, MA  01002
lfitch [at]

-----Original Message-----
From: Joel Plotkin [mailto:joel.plotkin [at]]
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 1:29 PM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: [C-L]_ Member Seeking to be Project Manager


Another difficulty of hiring within the group: it not only can create
heirarchy and supervision isues, but may cause a learned passivity that
encourages community members NOT to take responsibility for vital decisions
affecting the whole community and not to learn enough about technical
details to guide the "contractor."  With all the work needed in creating a
coho, it's easy for people to learn passivity.

I'll be happy to communicate off-line about other issues related to
in-house contracting.

Joel Plotkin
HUndredfold Farm
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