Re: participation in decision making
From: John Beutler (jabeutlercomcast.net)
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 07:10:52 -0800 (PST)
Non-profit? Not sure how that supports development of a property.

Cheers

JAB
Liberty Village Cohousing, MD

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> On Jan 7, 2015, at 10:33 AM, Emilie Parker <emilie.v.parker [at] gmail.com> 
> wrote:
> 
> 
> I just joined the [C-L] yesterday.  So I'm new and open to  everything and
> excited about being part of this list serve.  At Louisville Artists
> Cohousing in Colorado we are just one year old. So mostly we've been
> becoming legal, and getting an architect, property and developer, board of
> directors, non-profit status, bylaws, etc.  We need to find someone in our
> group who can begin an intentional effort to build how we live together in
> our community.  People are asking for more of that.  So far we've moved
> forward fast and avoided a lot of bumps and it'd be great if we can do some
> stuff now that will avoid pain later.  We spend time regularly about every
> couple of month or so going over our values and those are really well
> respected by all of us and our new board is going to finalize them this
> month.  Our whole group is meets monthly and I'd like someone to take up
> the role of leading everyone in making those meetings more interactive and
> connected.  I've read a lot of good stuff on cohousing.org about it, but we
> have not done much except have a few fun events.  so far showing
> affinity/respect/gratitude, and other good stuff goes a long way.  Our
> decision making system is working okay so far -- I consult everyone, we
> form a small group and formulate a plan and then get everyone's consent so
> it's worked okay to keep us moving ahead, but we need to make a major
> decision this month on property.  The new board will probably make the
> decision. What's the best temple for us to follow to build the
> relationships and good-feeling patterns of interaction.
> 
> 
> Emilie Parker
> Louisville Artists Cohousing (Synergy Arts Creative Community)
> Louisville, Colorado
> 303-317-4558
> www.meetup.com/artist-housing-community
> 
> 
> 
> 
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> Emilie Parker
> emilie.v.parker [at] gmail.com
> 303-317-4558 main
> 240-350-8533 cell
> 
>> On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 7:54 AM, Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at] earthlink.net> 
>> wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> Hi Liz and all —
>> 
>> Design of the buildings, while important, is only one part of the
>> cohousing experience.  Design of how to live in your community is FAR more
>> complicated and requires far more attention than bricks and mortar (which
>> still requires a lot.)  My own experience building and living in cohousing
>> is that we pay too much attention to buildings and not nearly enough to
>> relationship building.  As new folks come into the community … a new design
>> and pattern of living evolves.  Intentionally paying attention to the
>> evolution of the community goes a long way in smoothing out the bumps and
>> swales.
>> 
>> 
>>> On Jan 6, 2015, at 8:30 PM, Liz Ryan Cole <lizryancole [at] me.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Jan 6, 2015, at 8:20 PM, Jerry McIntire wrote:
>>> 
>>> Many cohousers though want to be part of
>>> the planning and decision-making. That basic participation is one of the
>>> six key characteristics of a cohousing community.
>>> 
>>> I am wondering how existing communities deal with bringing in new people
>> who can't possibly participate in decision making design of an already
>> built community.  Isn't the important participation in the life of the
>> community?  thanks  liz
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Liz Ryan Cole
>>> lizryancole [at] me.com
>>> Pinnacle Cohousing at Loch Lyme Lodge
>>> Lyme, NH
>> 
>> Best --
>> 
>> Ann Zabaldo
>> Takoma Village Cohousing
>> Washington, DC
>> Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
>> Falls Church VA
>> 703-688-2646
>> 
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