Note: this is an aspirational vision. It’s possible that this will be a more low-key community than the plans below describe. Whether or not there is an extensive common house depends on how involved the future residents are.
Please check out the recent blog posts; there’s another angle on a vision statement in the one called “What kind of community will this be?”.
Kingfisher Cohousing Mission and Aims
aka Vision and Values
Our mission is to create Cohousing in our Brookdale Ave property, as described in and defined by the book Cohousing by McCamant and Durrett.
Features of Cohousing that are already part of the physical design of this property are:
Architectural design that facilitates interaction, with a central courtyard
Parking separate from homes
A common house with shared facilities
Each adult will provide one common meal per month.
This is a member managed community. We use consensus-oriented decision-making, and are committed to doing the ongoing work to become skillful at listening respectfully, encouraging people to speak their thoughts, and looking for creative solutions to problems.
Share the Load
The work of creating and sustaining the cohousing we want is a collective project, and the sustenance and preservation of our cohousing community depends on all of us. Each of us holds the responsibility for the work, thinking and personal conduct needed to make this community thrive. We have joined this community at a juncture in our lives when we have time and energy to contribute, and expect that will continue to be the case.
Practice Compassion, Communication and Conflict Resolution
We are committed to working together on these things.
No Other Ideology
Our only community philosophy is community, meals, relationships. We are not based around any other ideology – political, religious or otherwise.
Here’s another version:
We make this project enough of a priority in our lives to have time for the work of creating and maintaining a community. We take responsibility for the work that needs to be done.
Helpful and Considerate
We pull our weight, and think about how our actions affect others.
Relaxed and Easy-Going
We are comfortable with a little chaos, as long as it doesn’t create tangible problems for others. We are good at finding compromises.
Committed to Constructive Communication
We work on communication, conflict resolution and cooperation, and are available for training and retreats to expand and deepen our connection.
We have fun together!
Links to community policies – these are the default policies that we will start with, so there is not a vacuum
Policies Overview https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1j_CweW_7pEZGNxZ05iazJqOG8
Meetings & Decisions https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1j_CweW_7pESGkwV2pIMUFRUDg