I would like that we reopen the discussion on looking for sites online. I feel a bit uncomfortable doing it, but I feel it’s in the interest of the group. I’ll try to express it in the best way I can, so I will NVC it a bit
Recently I went on one of the websites that we said we wanted to check regularly, and I found at least 3 or 4 potential sites that haven’t been reported and that I think could potentially be of interest. I know of at least one cohousing where they found their site through immoweb, so it can definetly be quite a successful way to look for sites, that we need to pay attention to.
In general, around that specific task, I feel that there is a need for transparency and efficiency, and at the moment I feel that these needs are not met. Personally, it makes me feel anxious that I dont know that this job is being done, and that we may be missing opportunities, frustrated because I feel that we are not moving along in a way that is efficient, and worried that we will get demotivated if we don’t keep the ball rolling with ongoing new opportunities.
So here is my request: could we try and think of a plan that would make this process more efficient and transparent?
Personally, I believe that we need some kind of tracking system, that will let us have a clear vision of what has been and still needs to be done, the same way we are keeping track of our progress with the fiches. Such a system would help the people doing the job to remember where they are at, and also help ensure some kind of continuity ( if a person is sick for a week, we know what needs to be picked up without having to bother them). It could potentially also help us see if our frequency of checking each site is adequate: we will be able to be alerted if some sites are not being checked regularly enough, and if maybe it’s too much to deal with and we need more people on the job. It will also help us report back to the group as to what we are finding online, and give us a shared understanding of what is being done and where we stand…
I have drafted such a table that we could use for that (here). Maybe that’s not the way forward, but at least it’s a proposal to discuss
My other request is for the people doing the search to also make a fiche, and let team building know as soon as they find something, so that we can be reactive and not miss an opportunity.
What still needs to be done/decided:
How to divide the work (one person responsible for one site, or alternating…?)
What to search for exactly (for instance we should definitely include offices and existing building, not just empty plots)
Rethink the system or reorganise the table as necessary
Let me know your thoughts!