|Re: Community size||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jerry McIntire (jerry.mcintiregmail.com)|
|Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2015 09:26:40 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi Roger, I think of two central considerations regarding size. Will you have enough money to afford a common house and other common amenities you want? This is actually determined by the amount members are willing to spend, not by number of members/households. The other is group dynamics: getting the work done, having enough people at meetings, having enough diversity and being large enough to avoid fatal cliques. >From my studies of small group communication, I think of twelve as a minimum number of homes which will probably mean a minimum of 18 people. The minimum we are aiming for is twelve households, and a maximum of eighteen due to the sizes of our market and our property. Jerry Jerry McIntire Stone's Throw Ecovillage, in the heart of Wisconsin's beautiful Driftless region http://stonesthrowcommunity.wordpress.com/ 1-608-637-6620 On Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 12:17 PM, Roger Studley <roger.studley [at] gmail.com> wrote: > > Hi All -- > > Nice to meet so many of you at the conference, and I'm hoping you can > offer insight into *community size*. > > Prior to the conference, my understanding -- from reading and from > conversations with experienced cohousers and professionals -- was that the > sweet spot in terms of the number of households in a cohousing community > was *low 20s to high 30s*. Smaller than low 20s and there aren't enough > folks for a vibrant community or to get everything done (and group dynamics > can get weird), larger than high 30s and it's hard to be a cohesive > community. > > At the conference, however, I heard that there's some conventional wisdom > that the magic minimum number is *14 households*. > > There's probably no bright line below which cohousing won't work, but I am > concerned about being too small. Here in Berkeley, sites that could > accommodate 20 units are hard to come by, and I'm wondering how we should > be thinking about this, especially since we intend to be a > multi-generational community. Any wisdom you have to share would be much > appreciated: Where do the above numbers come from? What are the > difficulties faced by smaller communities? What's most important for > smaller communities to succeed? And *what does seem to be the minimum size > for a well functioning community and why?* > > Thanks, and warm regards to everyone! > > ~Roger > >
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