|Re: Question about "dining clubs"||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: S. Kashdan (s_kashdanhotmail.com)|
|Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 06:46:13 -0700 (PDT)|
This is Sylvie Kashdan of Jackson Place Cohousing in Seattle, Washington. I also feel that providing space for individual and small group social needs and desires is an important way of strengthening the greater cohousing community. As cohousers we really already know that enabling small groups of people to meet their own needs and desires in the ways that work best for them is a positive for the larger community. The existence of cohousing communities depends on the larger community (the city or county, etc.) giving cohousing communities the opportunity to develop even though they are somewhat different from other housing situations. And, providing opportunities for smaller groups of people within cohousing to address their individual special needs can do the same for the cohousing community. As a person with an age-related hearing impairment and some food sensitivities (that have sometimes left me with very little I could eat at a common meal), I have requested on and off over the years that Jackson Place Cohousing start dinner clubs and possibly areas in the common house dining room separated by sheer curtains during common meals to improve hearing by small groups at tables. But, because so much energy is put into the meals program, no one has been actively interested in having small group dining clubs in our dining room. some community members have also opposed these ideas because they felt they would interfere with community sociability at common meals, while they feel that long tables increase community sociability. So, the result is that I do not go to most common meals, and it turns out that there are others here who do not go to most common meals either... for their own individual reasons... even though most of us are involved in the cohousing community in other ways. However, I should say that something like one half to two-thirds of all residents here probably do attend some common meals. Cohousingly, Sylvie Sylvie Kashdan Community Outreach Liaison Jackson Place Cohousing 800 Hiawatha Place South Seattle, WA 98144 www.seattlecohousing.org From: "Racheli Gai" <racheli [at] sonoracohousing.com> To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Sent: Monday, September 16, 2013 8:04 AM Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Question about "dining clubs" But what are "community needs", and who gets to define what they are? To me, small groups meeting to eat together is an expression of community, too. And how much should individuals suffer or "sacrifice" because of community "needs"? I'm not saying that there aren't whole community needs, I just wonder how often people talk about "community needs" which are tailored to suit their own personal interests. [The words about "sacrifice" raise for me the specter of the Nation/State, a huge trigger (which is a main reason I felt move to write this...)] Racheli.
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