For those who were unable to join the last meeting, listed below are Meeting Minutes:
Date: March 5 2016
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Location: KPL Central Library Queen Street Kitchener
- Welcome to the 2nd meeting of our group
- This should be a very participatory meeting, we want to hear from everyone
- If there is something brought up, a good idea, a thought, something to discuss at a future meeting, we’ll put it in the “Garden” (some people have seen this as a parking lot) for future discussion
- This is really a meeting to get to know each other better and see what people are thinking about cohousing and what they would desire.
- This meeting is to build the foundation for our community.
Meeting Principals and Guidelines
- Let’s go over some of the principals and guidelines for our meetings. These are principals that other communities use and we’ve used in EcoVillage
- Be present – mentally, physically and emotionally
- Pay attention – listen to what other’s say focus on understanding the ideas
- Speak your truth – share your thoughts and opinions openly and honestly, your opinion is valid as any one else’s
- Be open to outcomes – try not to prejudge what is happening, you may limit your ability to perceive other insights and ideas
- Create a safe environment – be aware and sensitive to the impact of what you say and do. Create a level of safety for others to allow them to feel comfortable. Point out any issues or concerns that may affect this safe environment.
- As a group we need to make sure we are using all these principals and if we are not, kindly point them out to each other so that we can adjust behaviors and move forward.
Adjective Name Game
Objective: A quick icebreaker for learning everyone’s name, this is one of the most popular and frequently used large group getting-to-know-you-icebreakers.
Objective: A high-energy game for large groups, this large group icebreaker helps people learn names and works well with people who do not know each other well.
What we’ve done to date and where we’re going
- Spreading the word about us via website, newsletter, facebook, through Canadian Cohousing Network, email lists
- Becoming a member of the Canadian Cohousing Network
- We’ve already received several referrals from them for people moving into the area and are interested
- Reaching out and creating Partnerships
- Several of us met with Sarah Marsh (City Counselor) to discuss our big vision and how she can help us and guide us through the city
- We’ve connected to the Guelph Group (SILC – sustainable intentional living community), David McAuley
- We’re attending a Symposium in Guelph for people to come together who are working on similar local projects in some way
|You are invited to:
Symposium dedicated to “Intentional Communities and Co-Housing in Guelph”
||Thursday March 17, 2016
||Guelph community health center
- We’ve contacted two organizations that help develop Cohousing.
- Gary Morrison who is from Living Well Cohousing Organizing Group in BC. His group helps other cohousing groups from start to move-in
- Cohousing Solutions who is a company out of the States who also get cohousing groups going.
- We have both Gary’s and Cohousing Solutions proposals for our group including their fees.
- We’ve reached out to RARE located in Cambridge who is a reserve network of natural landscape who show leadership in model system to demonstrate the link between ecological integrity and economic sustainability. They do conservation, research and education. We’ve contacted them to see if an EcoVillage project is something they’d like to partner on.
- We’ve contacted the Wilmot Township who are part of the David Suzuki blue dot foundation
- We’ve started creating list of all the other organizations that we could partner with and reach out too including: University of Waterloo Architectural school, REEP, Car Share, University of Guelph – Arboretum and Agriculture, Bee Keepers Association, Community Renewable Energy Waterloo to name a few…
- We’re also discussing becoming an EcoVillage, not just cohousing
Community X 8
Close to facilities
CSA Community Supported Agriculture
Small footprint X1
Sharing X 3
|Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Cooking X 4
Building Green X2
|There was a divide between urban vs. rural. However, it is clear that we need to be close to the city to access amenities yet have access to nature.
· Land on site
· Schneider’s factory
· Greenspace in urban environment
· New government is subsidizing/promoting sustainability
· Brownfield into Greenfield
Fun group activities for next time (3 people)
o 1 person for a get to know each other activity
o 2 people for a working together to perform a task activity