Exploring meal and common space scheduling options
From: Joan Helfman (joanhelfmangmail.com)
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:52:50 -0800 (PST)
Hi cohosing community,

At Cambridge Cohousing, we’re exploring ways to make signing up for meals and 
reserving common spaces more user-friendly and enticing so that:
More members sign up to prepare and clean up after meals
Members can easily sign up to attend meals
We simplify accounting and paying for meals 
We avoid scheduling conflicts for our common spaces 
We’ve used a paper sign-up system and are currently investigating online 
systems. If your community has a successful paper or online system, please we 
would be grateful if you could tell us about it.

I’ve attached the last information I’ve found on sign-ups from the l-reference 

Many thanks,

Joan Helfman

> Signing Up 
> All but two groups have a notebook or sheet posted where residents and their 
> guests can "sign up" to alert the cooks how many will be eating a particular 
> meal. The two remaining groups have a sign-out system whereby you are assumed 
> to be attending every common meal unless you sign yourself out. Not 
> surprisingly, in these two communities more residents eat most common meals. 
> "A two-year old in our community used to earnestly ask each of those she saw 
> gathering for a common dinner, 'are you signed up?' She kept us honest and on 
> our toes. "
> One community has a system of no-sign up, those who wish to eat that meal 
> just show up. Their payment system is described in the "Paying Up" section 
> below.

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