|Re: Games & Outreach||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jenny Guy (jenstermeistergmail.com)|
|Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2013 08:12:04 -0800 (PST)|
Hi Sharon, one of the nice things about having a game night for outreach is that, if no one shows up who's interested in joining the community, we still have a nice evening with games and food. And if potential members ask when they can meet us, we can always say 'come to game night' and we don't have to make special arrangements. I make sure to tell them that not everyone at 'game' night plays games; some just like to eat and talk, so you don't have to enjoy board and card games to fit in. It's fun if one person comes, or if 10 come (which is good, because a lot of people RSVP and don't show up). Having the dual function does make it so it's not a serious game night, and we often stick to more casual games. Last month most of the people just talked, while 3 of us managed a game of Kill Dr. Lucky over in the corner. But some months we get a game of Settlers of Catan or something similar going. If people are so intent on their conversation that it seems like it would be disruptive to try to start a game, I like to stick a not-too-hard jigsaw puzzle on the table. That way the conversation keeps going. The part that wasn't working as well, was that random strangers show up for the food and games who have no interest in cohousing (almost always pleasant people), so what was happening was that if we did want to have a focused discussion with people who were interested in our group, it could be awkward, the potential members got confused as to who was a member, and the ones who just came for games got left out. I think we've solved that with our new arrangement: we have a general meeting at 3:30, people who are interested in the community come at 5:30, and the potluck/game night portion of the evening starts at 6:30. That gives us an hour to talk to any prospective members alone. Of course we can and do keep talking about our community throughout the evening (along with other topics), but that gets the initial intense Q&A out of the way. So basically what game night accomplishes for outreach is, 1. we have a regular time to meet with potential members every month, even though there aren't always potential members to meet with 2. potential members can get to know us in a more social environment 3. we get to break out the dusty board games! I highly recommend it. Also, I understand that Pleasant Hill Cohousing, near here, has a very successful monthly tour and waiting list. Jenny Kingfisher Cohousing on Brookdale, Oakland, Calif. On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com > wrote: > > On Jan 26, 2013, at 6:04 PM, Jenny Guy <jenstermeister [at] gmail.com> wrote: > > > our monthly game night, which is not just a social event, it's also > important for outreach. > > Can you say more about this? >
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