Notice and Disclaimer
Disclaimer: After working on our Greek Village Cohousing project for a month, a former volunteer decided to adopt the idea, project plan details, and materials. He formed an identical sounding project with a slightly different name. However confusing, Greece Cohousing Community is not affiliated with our own community. We also cannot confirm that this other project currently meets the definition of cohousing which utilizes specific physical architecture and social design elements. Our community prioritizes best practices physical and social design as articulated in Charles Durret and Katie McCamant seminal book on Cohousing, and our decisions are informed by experienced cohousing professionals and decades of Danish and U.S. studies recommending best practices for social success. Our community communications will come from our Outreach Coordinator Pare Gerou and from the email address: GreekVillageCohousing@gmail.com.
It is useful to research the bona fides of a community calling itself cohousing by asking about the physical design and the social design (see below). It is also useful to know the level of knowledge, background and character of the founder and group members. A recommendation from this founder's former cohousing community, Touchstone, is available to demonstrate character and fitness for this founder. The letter can be found here.
The questions below are helpful to ask when evaluating a community and determining whether it has the best chances to succeed socially and long-term.
1. Has the project founder attempted a cohousing project in the past, and if so, what was the result?
2. Does the cohousing project founder have the relevant experience living in cohousing? Does the project founder have experience living in Greece?
3. Has the founder any experience developing a project or business in Greece?
4. Have any members of the founding group experience living in cohousing?
5. Is the community identified as cohousing actually cohousing? Cohousing is a design movement. It's physical and social architecture is the subject of decades of Danish study and is detailed in Charles Durrett and Kathryn MaCamant's book "Cohousing." Cohousing is not co-living, not a commune, and is designed in reaction against typical suburban multi villa complex or multi family housing developments. When determining if the design will succeed in capturing the wonderful experience of living in cohousing and choreographing human behavior in a way that provides meaning and connection, ask:
Does the community design include the Common House? Danish and American study data and empirical evidence demonstrates the importance of the Common House and of cooking and eating together in the Common House.
Is the group engaging in participatory design process and developing their own community? This experience of the participatory design process creates the foundation for the community of people.
Does the policy for completed community management include a non-hierarchical decision making structure such as consensus or sociocracy? Is there evidence of training and commitment to that decision making methodology?