Re: Mission statements
From: Kay Wilson Fisk (
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2011 18:22:19 -0800 (PST)
An excellent point. In a search for "mission statement" I found a lot
of sites like this one:

Mission Statements and Vision Statements: Unleashing purpose

And there are a lot of sites with mission statement templates, but
this seemed the most user friendly:

However, I thought perhaps this personal mission statement template
might be more useful to cohousing:


-----Original Message-----
From: R Philip Dowds [mailto:rpdowds [at]] 
Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2011 4:39 PM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Mission statements

I'm wondering if maybe "Mission Statement" is some kind of misnomer
that leads us astray.  When I think about "missions", they tend to be
very explicit about tasks and goals, like ... Place a colony on Mars.
Eliminate poverty in Baxter County.  Become the international leader
in guitar-making from locally harvested wood.  That kind of thing.
Maybe sort of like a campaign or business plan.

I can't speak for any any other cohousing, but I am kind of intuiting
that this level of focus and specificity will not work for my
community, Cornerstone in Cambridge, MA.  I am wondering if "Identity
Statement" isn't more appropriate:  Who we are, and whom we aspire to


R Philip Dowds AIA
Cornerstone Cohousing
175 Harvey Street, Unit 5
Cambridge, MA 02140

PS: Cornerstone's "Mission Statement", ten years old, now needs a lot
of work ...

On Nov 20, 2011, at 3:41 PM, Kay Wilson Fisk wrote:

> Our community is nearly 7 years old, and the mission statement we
wrote back around 2003 doesn't seem to as well as it once did. I would
like to compile a list of mission statements from other cohousing
communities as examples, and would appreciate seeing what other
mission statements say.
> Kay Wilson
> Meadow Wood cohousing
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