Re: Mission statements
From: David Bygott (
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2011 21:39:18 -0800 (PST)
Here is our example of vision, mission and values, at Milagro. We too, at about 
our 7 year mark, wanted to revise these statements in the light of who we had 
become. It was a huge and lengthy process because we were very scrupulous about 
involving everyone and trying to find words which everyone could consense on. 
We created a task force which organized meetings of the whole community, of 
neighborhood 'quadrants' and even randomly chosen triads. We populated huge 
poster boards with hundreds of color-coded Post-Its and subjected them to 
ruthless selection. For almost the first time since construction, everybody had 
a common aim. Two years later, I doubt that many of us could reproduce from 
memory the vision, mission and values contained in the link below. More 
important in my view was the amount of time we all devoted to working on this 
together, and the unifying effect that had on us!

Thanks Sharon for your point about the importance of aims - something my 
community needs to discuss more.

David Bygott
Milagro Cohousing

Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2011 12:41:02 -0800
From: "Kay Wilson Fisk" <caseyjackets [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_ Mission statements

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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