One of cohousing's chief supporters and leaders, Tom Lofft of Liberty Village in Maryland, once gave me a list of reasons for becoming involved early on in cohousing.
To wit ... here is Tom's list. You may access a downloadable version of this list at the Resources section of this website.
Founding Member, Liberty Village Cohousing
The Top 10 Benefits of Early Participation in Cohousing
There are certainly many substantive benefits of being an early investor and committed burning soul in the cohousing formative stages.
The most important of these are having a strong Influence in the
1. decision making
2. site selection
3. design decisions
4. project budget
6. priority of choice in selecting a lot, site or unit in the final allocation of homesites
7. overall crafting the foundational values and norms of the community including the Vision, Values and Mission Statements
8. other normative decisions that are either explicitly or implicitly made in the process, including determining the process itself
9. the early friendships which sustain the community through the development process and over time in the life of the community
and, the most important one …
10. sharing of a lot more potlucks!
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Ann Zabaldo is a passionate promoter of cohousing. She was on the develoment team for Eastern Village in Silver Spring, MD and Takoma Village in Washington, DC where she lives. She serves on the Board for MAC.
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