|Re: Respects and Responsibilities||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Gretchen Westlight (grenagora.rdrop.com)|
|Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 15:52:33 -0700 (MST)|
On Fri, 21 Jan 2000 Patty Mara Gourley of Tierra Nueva wrote: > Dear List, > Three requests have been sent to me from the list for the article I mentioned > from Communities Magazine. Well, I was going to be a fourth, but I'll send along my address privately. Thanks for letting us know. :-) [big snip] > One member's comment really made deep sense to me...he suggested that the > document itself, the end product, is not really the most important > thing...rather, the process by which it is created is the nourishing nugget. > The journey getting there, in other words, is what will build community bonds > and thus influences how we behave around one another. So true, but I do appreciate shortcuts and starting points! (There's got to be *some* balance between reinventing the wheel and learning from others' experience.) For our discussions on children in community here in Cascadia, I developed a list of thought-provoking quotes, mostly culled from members themselves and an issue of _Communities_ magazine (I think) that focussed on children. If anyone is interested in the whole list of quotations (nothing is credited), I'd be happy to send it along -- please drop me a line privately (more than 5 requests and it comes to the list ;-). In the meantime, for those who want a jump start, here is a set of guidelines that I'm particularly fond of from the _Communities_ issue: ---------- The following guidelines are offered as a starting point for discussion about values and expectations regarding children in community. Guidelines for Adults If a child in our community behaves in my presence in a way that I perceive as inappropriate or dangerous and I lovingly intervene, our community family is strengthened. I, therefore, strive to demonstrate personal responsibility for the children in my community by: * my own positive example, * upholding the following children's guidelines with justice and integrity, * but without violence or verbal abuse, and by * empowering others to do the same. In addition, I agree to supportively inform parents (and other individuals when appropriate) when I have been involved in or have witnessed a disturbing (or inspiring) incident with a child of theirs. Guidelines for Children Children are held accountable to: * respect others' property * abstain from intentional physical or emotional cruelty to others, and * be sensitive of their own and other's personal boundaries and safety. ---------- Gretchen Westlight Cascadia Commons Portland, Oregon, USA -- gren [at] agora.rdrop.com http://www.ogi.edu/~gren/
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