Re: what I wish I knew before move in
From: Katherine Lavine (
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 08:38:05 -0700 (PDT)
What a lovely reply. I am responsible for the Imagine eblast she is referring 
to. I wasn’t comparing an unbuilt community to anything. It’s aspirational, and 
I’m happy to see it fits into the Sociocracy frame, as Sociocracy is an 
exploration we are just starting on. Imagine invokes us to aim for the stars, 
while firmly grounded in reality. We are coming together to attempt to live a 
better life together. Otherwise, why do it?

Katherine Lavine mobile messaging

On Oct 12, 2020, at 6:24 PM, Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

>> On Oct 12, 2020, at 8:17 PM, T G <triciamill9 [at]> wrote:
>>> More people should be this honest. I see a lot of promotions for new
>>> communities trying to sell this as utopia. I saw one ad today comparing
>>> their community to the "Imagine" song by John Lenon.....Yes, there are some
>>> great features but don't try to say it is more than it is.
> Sociocracy has a tier of planning:
> Wishes/Dreams
> Mission
> Aims
> Work plan
> The mission is making the dreams take a form or direction
> The aim is tangible — you can see it and measure it. You know when you have 
> achieved it.
> The work plan is how you can accomplish the mission.
> The dreams are important for inspiration. Not good to skip over them — you 
> will always need them. The mission brings it down to a specific purpose — a 
> home with friends next door. Then the aim is to develop and build the 
> community.
> Then you plan the work. What has to happen first, or what cluster if things 
> need to happen first. Then what?
> But without the dream, you don’t have anything to lift your spirits when 
> things get tough. It’s what reminds you that when you are up to your ass in 
> alligators, your initial plan was to drain the swamp.
> Sharon
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