|Let's find intrinsic fun in developing CoHo||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (jeblankhooked.net)|
|Date: Wed, 18 Oct 1995 03:43:53 -0500|
When we invite someone to join a core group, we are usually inviting them to invest a lot of time, energy and money in building a home in a community that will fill their need for community and provide many other improvements to their quality of life, but they don't get to have it for several--perhaps many--years. An analogy that occurred to me at the conference: Let us say that you and I and one other person all want to build a car for our private and mutual enjoyment. First we spend a lot of time discussing deciding on exactly what kind of car we want, and where it will be garaged once it is built. Then we scatter to buy materials. With the help of a professional car-builder, we go out and buy all the little and big pieces. We assemble them under the watchful eye of another professional. Just as we are getting going, someone loses the plans, then we have to consense about what to do next, so everything is delayed. Turns out no one wants to finance this questionable project so we run out of money. And we're not sure it will ever be legal to drive this odd machine on public road. When it is finally built, we get to work some more on our process about who gets to use it when. YIKES! You get my drift, I think. Up until now we have only marketed the final product, living in bliss in cohousing once it is built. Although we talk about how valuable (community-building) the getting-it-built process is, in the end, many cohousers end up, I fear, treating the development and building of their communities as "the price you have to pay to live here." Perod. We simply have to find a way (IMHO) to market cohousing that values the building process itself, making it fun--or at least mind-expanding or engaging--so that people will be attracted to being part of a community during the development and building EVEN IF by some chance, they were to end up not living there. Not that I know how to "position" cohousing that way--just that I believe if we can start thinking this way, some good ideas will appearl. Joani Blank
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