It’s been about a month that we got to know each other and I think I speak on behalf of all the “oldlings” that it has been an absolute pleasure.
Following our membership process (internal link) the time to move on to the next stage, i.e. associate membership, is approaching soon.
If you would like to become an associate member, can you please have a look at the steps specified in section 2.2 of Annex 1 of the document linked above before 18 December?
Pro tip for easy use of Nextcloud: click on the icon with all the horizontal lines on the left (the one above the microphone, highlighted in grey below) to get access to the navigation pane:
One last thing, for the sake of clarity and managing expectations on the question that was asked at the last plenary on whether we could reopen the decisions that we don’t allow pets in the garden …
I discussed the issue with a couple of oldlings and it seems that many people don’t feel comfortable with this. The main reason for this is that the basic recipe for building a cohousing is that a small group of founding members writes a vision - in the case of The Reef this is the Blueprint 1.0 - in which they define a couple of values, agreements and practical criteria to which newcomers can then subscribe or not. The general recommendation is to make this vision a non-negotiable thing, because otherwise the formation of a group will take forever.
In practical terms of course nobody can make any promises, but I don’t exclude that we’ll be able to find an agreement on the occasional cat (if it wears a bells so that it doesn’t kill birds), but for dogs I have very little hope. No Reefling should ever feel uncomfortable to say no to something that was agreed from the beginning, which in practice I’m afraid will mean that we won’t allow dogs in the garden.
The reasons behind the no pets in the garden rule were all touched upon during the plenary meeting: inclusion, noise and hygiene. For reference: in the two cohousings that inspired the Blueprint it is completely forbidden (as per the règlement d’ordre intérieur) to have a dog, also in people’s private units. “No dogs!” was the firm recommendation that we got in both places, which we translated in the Blueprint 1.0 into a more liberal version that says “no pets in the common spaces”.
That being said we look forward to building The Reef together, and to taking important decisions together. For the common spaces for example, we made the conscious choice to not take any decisions before the current Exploring Members will become Associate Members and thus can participate in the decision making.
Final note: for those who would like to have another look at the Blueprint 1.0 (the slide deck is probably the best summary), here’s the link to our “key documents”: