Re: Energy and Idealism
From: oz (
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:24:15 -0700 (PDT)
>From my travels and conversations, I see wildly different levels of
engagement at mature communities. It would be nice to better understand
this phenomena.

Here at Songaia, its often said that part of the glue which helps hold us
together is our active food program, which Doug described in his recent
Coho-L post:

This makes sense to me, as I see most of my neighbors at least a few times
per week in a comfortable, casual, social space.

This research report from Coho/US would also seem to provide support for
the importance of active food programs in having a community with active


On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 11:21 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]
> wrote:

> We've never had a totally strong meal program, but the discussion about
> meal programs fading out raises another question. I'm wondering if the
> idealism in cohousing is cooling and thus energy is gone out of meal
> systems and new communities. Not to discourage any new communities but to
> raise the issue for communities that are now mature.
> I get energy from new projects and new ideas so it may just be me but I'm
> frustrated this morning that no one has even bothered to tell us what is
> going on with a gate many of us use to walk to town or fixed the parking
> lot gate or said when it might be fixed (again). Maybe it's just August.
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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