|experience of paying members in the community||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Alison Etter (alison.s.ettergmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2010 09:40:45 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi - I live in the Roberts Creek Cohousing Community in British Columbia. We have been together 5-6 years now and have been somewhat struggling with participation in the community. Up until now, we have been functioning with volunteer labour for our common meals, maintenance, garden, etc but paying outside the community for Common House cleaning and occasional outside facilitation. We have no formal expectation of paricipation, although most households do participate in some way at least. We have coming before our next community meeting (April 11), a proposal from the garden committee to pay a member an stipend of $2000 for the year to look after the garden. Without getting into the whole proposal here, let me just say that the pros and cons are being hotly debated in the community, and most expect it will be a contentious topic. One of the cons mentioned is that we were advised strongly, during the development phase, by other cohousing communities *not* to pay members in the community for work performed. I would appreciate if those of you with experience of paying members in your community would comment on your experience - positive or negative. It might help to steer our course thought this situation. Thanks so much. -- Alison Etter 604-740-0321 Roberts Creek Cohousing, British Columbia Canada *If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Wayne Dyer *
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