|RE: forming a new group||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ellen Orleans (ellenwhdc.com)|
|Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 18:23:01 -0600 (MDT)|
Dear Briget, For ideas on getting a group started, look at the Cohousing Company's website, especially the Next Steps section, www.cohousingco.com/next.htm I've also heard that Chris Scott Hanson is good at locating land. But before you look for land, try to assemble 6-10 committed families and talk about what kind of community (physical and philosophical) you are trying to assemble. Which of the cohousing communities that you visited most clearly matches your vision? What elements from the others would you like to see in your own? Eventually, this can evolve into your vision statement. I agree with Sharon Villines: open a checking account. Money makes things real. You can start with a $50 annual membership fee, for instance, and give paying members the opportunity to vote on decisions. Keep track of the names and contact information of people who attend your meetings so you build a strong list of potential members. Hold your meetings in cheerful, upbeat places, such as community centers or library community rooms. Potential members seem to prefer public spaces over private homes, they feel less trapped that way. That's just a start of course. Good luck and by all means take advantage of the abundant resources around you. Ellen Orleans Wild Sage Cohousing _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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