Re: Searching for a cohousing community that is satisfied with how its workshare is working. We want to learn from you.
From: fergyb2 (
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:59:36 -0800 (PST)
          I think most of us at Swans Market are pretty satisfied with how the 
work is getting done here.  At 13 years after move in it's going reasonably 
smoothly.  We have workdays most months (not August or December because too 
many folks have competing plans those months) with an organizer (different one 
every month) who figures out what needs to be done and generally directs 
things.  The maintenance Committee makes suggestions but so does anyone else 
who's noticed something that needs doing. People are expected to participate in 
at least 4 a year, minimum. Some people do more. Workdays are usually scheduled 
at the beginning of the year and last for about 4 hours but sometimes people 
sign up to do specific tasks at other times which are more convenient for them. 
One task that occurs every time is preparation of lunch for the workers. So at 
the end we sit down to eat together and discuss whatever we're thinking about 
at that time. The organizer usually sends out a laudatory email afterwords to 
the whole community listing what was done and who participated so even if you 
are away you know what got done and by whom.  Our Committees function pretty 
well also.  
                           Bonnie Fergusson
     A happy member of Swans Market Cohousing
                            Oakland, CA
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On Jan 18, 2013, at 10:29 AM, oz <oz [at]> wrote:

> Hi all,
> He's a write-up on the Passion Principle from the ic wiki.
> I'm very happy with how Songaia operates, but this is just one person's
> opinion.
> Oz
> P.S. After a week doing cohouseholding research in Los Angeles, I'm
> currently in the Bay Area to meet with a bunch of folks - and to be the
> featured presenter for a Meetup about cohouseholding tomorrow:
> oz
>> On Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 9:22 PM, Grace Horowitz <grace [at]
>> wrote:
>>> We have long been working on improving our system of workshare.  I am
>>> planning to move to the third neighborhood of Ecovillage at Ithaca,
>>> when it is built. I have joined the "Community Work Committee" which is
>>> creating our TREE shared work system.
>>> Our committee is looking for cohousing communities that are satisfied
> with
>>> how their systems of workshare are working, or at least relatively
>>> satisfied. We want to learn from you.  Do you have a description of your
>>> workshare system on your website or could you summarize or explain how
> your
>>> system works?
>>> Our committee knows quite a bit about what does not work. We would like
> to
>>> learn what does.
>>> Thank you very much.
>>> Grace
>>> ...............
>>> Grace Horowitz
>>> 6827 4th St. NW, #317,
>>> Washington DC 20012
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