and the Community-Building Process
Ecovillage, Cohousing, Cooperative Housing, Intentional Community
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The First Question
Despite the fact that hiring a professional and his or her team to develop ecohousing or an ecovillage often makes good financial sense and also often appears to heighten the chances of a group's success, this question arises: Does hiring a developer or moving into a developer-driven community hinder the community-building process?
The layout of the land, the water and renewable energy are part of the infrastructure.
Creating the infrastructure of the community takes time and energy. The hassles of development often sap that energy and steal that time. Some of the infrastructure decisions must be made by professionals and others are best made by professionals.
Thus, having a developer-driven intentional neighborhood could allow members to devote their time and energy to forming the social community itself rather than dealing with development problems.
There are many important decisions that should be made by the members prior to move-in. Such decisions include when meals are eaten in the common house, how maintenance chores are handled, whether the common house is rented to outside persons, etc. They also include policies for the potential hot spots of alcohol, children, diet, pets, tobacco, and more.
These are decisions that form the day-to-day life of the community.
It apparently does not take as long to form community as some think.
Think about this:
Many of the families that move into a new community were not the original founding members who went through the long and arduous pre-construction phase together. Yet community is formed with the new families.
Many communities have significant turnover after moving in, yet community is formed quickly and continuously with the new families.
Many people who want to live in a cohousing community or ecovillage can not or will not undertake years of meetings to make this happen. These people fall through the cracks of time and are lost to the community.
If a long pre-construction phase is not needed to form community, then hiring a developer to shorten the time frame of construction might not hinder the building of community.
That probably will not happen for several reasons, not the least of which is that the owners don't know where to start building an intentional neighborhood.
One solution is to have a developer who intends to live in the community. This probably has the best chance of success.
Another solution with developer-driven intentional neighborhoods is for the members and the developer to form a "partnership." While the developer is constructing the physical community, the members are bonding and building the neighborhood community with all of its policies and procedures.
This partnership can be the "fast-track" to a successful intentional neighborhood. But as mentioned before, it depends.....
The developer might even sponsor monthly meetings of future residents with:
The developer might also put a professional marketing plan in place while the members fan out into the community to help implement this plan.
This partnership can be the "fast-track" to a successful intentional neighborhood.
Does this interest you?
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