Hi everyone !
We’ve recently had a few households become Exploring Members after a public presentation, who have specific preferences for which part of Brussels they would like to be part of a cohousing project. And although there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, it has led us to adopt the following policy: households in this situation should wait for us to find a location before requesting to become Associate Members.
The reason for this is that our voting process to buy a site will not work if some of those involved are only voting for certain communes and not others. It is almost certainly the case that the current members each have their own preferences for certain communes of Brussels over others, and it is for exactly that reason that we are committed to being open to all of them. As with any sociocratic organisation, it is understood that getting a result where a large number of people all have their preferences met is next to impossible. That is why we decide by consent, aiming to arrive at decisions that everybody ‘can live with’, and which move us all towards achieving our shared vision.
This policy has been adopted within the autonomy of @reef-recruitment because: (a) it could be considered to have a 2ish level of importance; and (b) there’s really no other way around it without having to rethink the whole site-buying process. If anyone disagrees and thinks this policy warrants a formal proposal, feel free to say so below.
As a result of this policy, it is therefore important that all @reef-full members bring this up during the first one-on-one meeting with Exploring Members. The buddy manual (https://c301.nl.tabdigital.eu/f/77904) now has this included as one of the key points regarding these first meetings.
As this is something that we haven’t formally discussed before, it is worth current @reef-associate members keeping it in mind when considering whether to take the next step and become a Full Member.
Finally, although I don’t think this is the case, tagging @reef-governance just in case there is anywhere someone can think of where this policy should be noted document-wise…