Community & Business [ was Site Plan
First problem is probably referring to community members as "investors.” The feel is not the same as other cohousing community websites. The stress isn’t on community, and the pages on the vision, mission, etc are more institutional. They don’t invite people to come and make a home.
While most cohousing communities share the same values and a large percentage of residents work in non-profit and social activist groups, the community itself is focused on the community. There are communities that have tangential businesses — cheese making, Christian Retreat House, Recreation Cabins, gardens, etc. — most seem to have found that it is better if there is a clean division between the two. They are still in the same place with lots of involvement of many members but the finances and legal status are separate.
That way mayhem in the community or economic downturns in the business don’t drain each other’s energy or finances. There be influences and concerns, certainly, but the purpose (vision, mission, aim) of each entity is not the same.
Cohousing communities often have a shared interest but there is no allegiance to a cause or ideology expected. Everyone is expected to respect each other. One community encouraged new members that shared a common interest in yoga and meditation, for example. Ours is taking on a serious interest in cooking and baking — just because 3 or 4 serious cooks have moved in. They host group baking sessions and special meals. One had prizes for the people who found a bean in their quiche.
Many cohousing communities in the US are considering this, if only to allow younger people to join cohousing. The problem has been that communities had to build themselves and there was no money to build one’s own home and to build another building too. Many have developed without a common house because they couldn’t afford it. It might be 5-10 years before they can finance it.
I think this is a very good description of the purpose of cohousing: “to replenish one’s sense of community.” This is what is missing from the Moora-Moora website. Another purpose that many have adopted is “to create an old-fashioned neighborhood."