Cohousing Values and purpose
From: Chris Terbrueggen (christopher402gmail.com)
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:27:01 -0700 (PDT)
How would you proceed based on your experience in Cohousing ? Chris 
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>> Below are the results of the values workshop and its Task Force. There is a 
>> dream statement and the 3rd draft of the resulting values. The Strategic 
>> Planning Committee is requesting feed-back on the dream statement before 
>> finalizing a proposal. Responses from the board and all standing committees 
>> are welcome as well as individual members of CohoMadison.
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>>  Hopefully the following questions can provide a base for evaluation. These 
>> questions were developed by Diana Leafe Christian: Creating a Life Together: 
>> Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities. there is a 
>> deadline of March 30. 
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>> Do you feel good when you read the written expression?
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>> Is it meaningful to you? If not, how would it need to be changed to make it 
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>> Does it resonate with your personal sense of identity? 
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>> Do you feel as if you can own it?
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>> Does it show what your community will be like when your vision is achieved?
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>> After you read it, can you remember it? Do you see it?
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>> Does it focus on the who, what and why of CohoMadison?
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>> Does it reveal and announce our core values?
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>> Is your dream statement simple, clean and authentic?
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>> Dream Statement
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>> In 2023…
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>> CohoMadison is an intentional and sustainable community that celebrates our 
>> diversity and commits our time and talents to nurture the fullness and joy 
>> of each other.  We embody our values through an ethic of care for our place 
>> and connection to each other, the larger community, and the cohousing 
>> movement.
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>> We are an example of a vibrant and evolving community that integrates the 
>> considerable knowledge and perspectives of our members as key to dynamic, 
>> effective problem-solving.
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>> Through continuous learning we are willing to examine conflicts to develop 
>> shared perspective, which strengthens both individual bonds and the 
>> community as a whole.  
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>> We are a joyful extended family!
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>> CohoMadison Values (2/19/18)
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>> Version 3
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>> Values Task Force:
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>> Values
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>> Caring Community
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>> - Includes respect, compassion, kindness, and empathy 
>> - An environment filled with humor, fun, joy, ritual and celebration 
>> - Being neighborly
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>> Diversity 
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>> - Inclusive, accessible and welcoming to a multiplicity of people of a 
>> variety of means
>> - Reflective of the wider community
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>> Intentional Community Building
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>> - Continuously building trust among community members
>> - Affirming, inclusive, and effective group process
>> - Shared Responsibility and voice
>> - Connection & collaboration with the neighborhood and broader community
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>> Sustainability - Consideration of: 
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>>  -Environmental impact
>>  -Financial resources
>>  -Human resources of time, talent, and abilities
>>  -Balance between privacy and community involvement
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