|Orienting New Members to the Values||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: RJ Hirsch (heidinysearthlink.net)|
|Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:44:22 -0800 (PST)|
Hi, Emilie, While we have a vision statement, it is on the broad-based side. What we have done well that might be worth considering, is shifting how we develop proposals/agreements. It helps to keep in mind that some of us are meeting hardy, some find meetings more difficult. We seen that having everyone sit around to hammer out a concept, or the wording on something is both satisfying and can take a lot out of some people. Folks can be great neighbors, and also not want to spend much time in meetings. A smaller group can often work something thru just fine, hammer out a Proposal. We have --rather organically-- shifted to have more done in Task Force/Committees, and then brought to the whole group as Proposals. We have in fact amazingly, decreased the number of full community meetings as our Committees and Task Force groups are more and more effective. This is amazing as we have grown in number of households-- and then eventually, decreased frequency of meetings. And yes, sometimes a Proposal is brought forth and the entire group will re-work it. that can happen. More often, we are grateful that a group of folks interested in the specific area has hammered something out. Congratulations, on finding property, and making sure you have fun together, Ruth Hirsch Cantines Island, Saugerties Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:16:53 -0700 From: Emilie Parker <emilie.v.parker [at] gmail.com> To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Subject: [C-L]_ Orienting New Members to the Values Do we need to DO something to make sure people who are committing to Louisville Artists Cohousing really support the values and vision? We have approved values and vision but not everyone who is now a member worked on them. We go over them at our monthly meeting/orientations but not everyone attends those. In Louisville Artists Cohousing we are in the process of getting our members more deeply financially committed. We have property identified and are working on figuring out how to finance it. Values and vision is before or concurrent with commitment. Do any communities use a questionnaire on their values to get a signature from members before they commit larger sums of money? I was thinking of putting our values into a questionnaire so people could think hard ahead of time what our shared values are and sign it or comment. I'd like to know if other communities have had any success with doing that. What processes and what else besides values goes into that questionnaire? We don't have policies yet -- like pets and parking. We have a few draft policies on our website but they have not been vetted/voted on. We have a big party dinner coming up next Wednesday (Mar. 4) that is exclusively for core member households. We are making a slide show with member pictures and some other fun stuff -- pictures of the property. I will include a bunch of slides with the vision and each value on it. That's not enough. Has your community had success with this in the earliest formative times? We want to get our group to all be sharing the same vision/values before we get a ton of money involved. What kind of things should we understand, do, or sign in terms of our shred values before or when we commit money? Emilie Parker Louisville Artists Cohousing, Colorado www.meetup.com/artists-housing-community, www.synergy-arts.org ----------------- Emilie Parker emilie.v.parker [at] gmail.com 303-317-4558 main 240-350-8533 cell PS: I have an intermittent e-mail glitch. If you write and do not hear back from me shortly, please call me or please re-send. Thank you, Ruth
- Re: Orienting New Members to the Values, (continued)
- Re: Orienting New Members to the Values Katie Henry, February 28 2015
- Orienting New Members to the Values RJ Hirsch, February 28 2015
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