FUTURE PERFECT: Advice for Forming Communities on Getting the Work Done
From: Ann Zabaldo (zabaldoearthlink.net)
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 06:09:00 -0800 (PST)
Hello all --

I appreciate Karyn Stack's email query on workshare systems that work for 
currently completed coho communities.  We've been through this discussion many 
times.   No system is perfect and we all (pretty much all!) seem to struggle 
with one of the basic tenets of cohousing -- sharing the work. 

Without getting into that discussion ... I have a parallel question for the 

What advice would you give a FORMING community on what to do about 
participation in workshare after move-in  w/ the usual caveats of health, age, 

Would you advise setting up a pay or play system front the beginning?  (after 
move in not impossible but hard to institute).

What would you say to a forming group about workshare?

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church VA

On Nov 13, 2012, at 8:37 AM, Fred H Olson wrote:

> --------------------  FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS --------------------
> Hi, I am a member of Cobb Hill Cohousing in Vermont, and part of a small Ad
> Hoc committee to attempt to come up with a system for "getting the work
> done", in a way that feels fair and equitable to all.  In the past,
> attempts to discuss "Work Equity" have been challenging, for it is a very
> loaded issue, involving livelihoods, economic diversity, age differences
> and abilities, the notion of policing eachother, etc... 

> Karyn Stack
> Thanks in advance.
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