From time to time, we talk about moving to a “dynamic governance” or “sociocracy” model of organization and decision-making (from our current mode, which is modified consensus.) There’s an interesting conversation about sociocracy in cohousing, and other topics in this online radio conversation with members of Rocky Corner, which will be Connecticut’s first cohousing community:
Chris worked in a prison, where there were some scary people, “some of whom were inmates.” Mike S camped in Yosemite, surrounded by bears. Mike B remembered the first pro ball game he went to, decades ago. Jane told about a horse she loved. Susan and Grace talked about travels in Europe. Liz recalled the most racist statement she ever heard. Two people related stories of parents with dementia.
It was all part of last Saturday night’s storytelling hour, after our latest community meal. The idea was to get to know each other better, building our community even as we move forward on finding a site.
“I love to see communities reusing old stuff in a unique way,” says Karin from Cohousing US.
“Recently when visiting Greyrock Commons in Fort Collins Colorado, I had the pleasure of touring their common house. Not only do they have the absolute-most-coolest-ever-indoor-kids-play-area, but they had lovely wooden floors in their dining space. It turns out that I have a long ago connection to those floors as they were recovered during demolition from an old roller rink that I used to skate at when I was a kid!”
“Another great example was the use of beetle kill pine wood to build the new bee hive at Wild Sage Cohousing in Boulder, Colorado.”
So what can we reuse, repurpose, or reclaim as we plan our new community?
A new article on the Fellowship for Intentional Community’s website discusses the sticky wicket of un-diversity as American cohousing communities attempt to pursue and design a diverse communal environment:
A primer for us in Rochester? Let’s start the conversation.
For our September social, Mike B., ably assisted by sous-chefs Mike S. and John, cooked up a pancake breakfast. Mike B. claims to make the world’s best buttermilk pancakes, and who are we to disagree?
We dined al fresco at Mike and Jane’s, thanks to a warm Saturday morning, even though the calendar said it was fall. We’re enjoying social opportunities such as this, even as we plan and build our community!