|Re: What next after group forms?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Michael Barrett (mbarretttoast.net)|
|Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:36:58 -0800 (PST)|
John, An issue for forming groups needs to be "What sort of community do we want to be?" where the issues of size, location (rural or urban), "greeness" and style of governance (to name only a few), will be up for spirited discussion. This discussion is likely to reveal differences so that possibly group splits may result, with losses of participants. An issue for you personally may be, do you go along with what appears to be an emerging majority opinion (to retain the largest number of active participants) or do you stick to your "ideal" (community image) hoping to find enough participants in the future. I'd suggest some brainstorming sessions inviting expression of pros and cons on as many cohousing styles as folks can think of, to be posted on the wall without comment. This can reveal ideas (and maybe misconceptions) about what cohousing living may be like. Better to tease out these issues sooner rather than later. It will be a major disappointment (or disaster) to loose one or more ofyour major participants (read financial resources) down the road because they have just realized that
the community-to-be likely isn't going to conform to their imaginings. Orderly, logical meetings may be just that, orderly and logical to you, but suffocating to others who may have a more free flowing, whimsical nature. How much latitude do you want to allow for the wide variations of human nature? Your phase "head this off" did not resonate well with me. Best wishes. Climb on the roller coaster and prepare for the ride! Michael Barrett - Shadowlake Village, VA and formerly Liberty Village, MD.----- Original Message ----- From: "Don Benson" <benson6451 [at] aol.com>
To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 10:18 PM Subject: Re: [C-L]_ What next after group forms?
We have found value in using a Formal Consensus Decision Making process and creating a consensus community. Don Benson 503.296.7249 It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness. (Thomas Jefferson 1788) On Nov 12, 2012, at 6:14 PM, John Leet <jwleet [at] aol.com> wrote:We had our first info session. Things went well. 16 attendees. 4 confirmed an interest to go ahead. Another few are possible. I've scheduled another info session for people who could not attend, and a next step meeting on Wednesday Nov. 21. I have asked the newly committed to read one of the McCamant-Durrett books and to study the book on consensus found at http://www.ic.org/pnp/ocac/. What agenda a items would you suggest for the first meeting and the next few meetings? Without a clear agenda, there will be a tendency to jump to each person's burning idea: location, perma culture, house size, etc. I'd like to head this off and proceed in an orderly, logical manner. John
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