May 2020

Work continues on strengthening the institutional foundations of the community. Documentation of the Chair and Secretary roles has been started. (Treasurer role was covered in documentation of our financial system.)

CoHoWM is currently producing a MS-Project-style project plan to include in our overall Business Plan. We had a chat with a group tasked with producing an updated version of the UK Cohousing Network’s (UKCN’s) famous snake diagram. They plan to fit it into Community Led Homes’ (CLH’s) five stages framework (Group, Site, Plan, Build, Live). (CLH host an absolutely amazing and very rich set of resources. Though I’ve suggested to them that they change the word “stage” to “stream”, because you don’t do all of Group before you start doing any Site, for example. But semantics aside, they are a truly fabulous resource.)

We came across the Thinking Environment framework for communications in general, and for getting the most out of Consensus Decision Making meetings in particular. Will be good to try to bed that into our process when we are able to meet up again.

One member attended a set of webinars on project management for self-builders, run by the good people at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre:

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Cohousing West Midlands is (surprise) a cohousing project for the West Midlands! Cohousing is where everyone has their own front door, but there's also a community house for weekly shared meals and activities, and other shared spaces. More than a Housing Association, and less than a co-op!

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