Community How To: Theory, Communication, and Creation

Community How To Updated

Community theory, communication, and ideas and resources for starting a community with The Lorax Manner Student Cooperative in Eugene, Oregon, as a case study.

By Sage, Lorax Manner Student Cooperative Resident Fall 2009 – Fall 2010. Updated December 2010

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I Introduction (3)
II Sense of community (3)
A Membership (3)
i Boundaries (3)
ii Emotional Safety (4)
iii A Sense of Belonging and Identification (4)
iv Personal Investment (4)
v A Common Symbol System (4)
vi “Membership” with Religious Communities (4)
B Influence (4)
C Integration and Fulfillment of Needs (5)
D Shared Emotional Connection (5)
i Meaningful Social Time (6)
a Team Cognitive Research Group Activities (6)
b Perception of Crowding and the Dunbar Number
ii Experiencing Difficult Situations (7)
iii Conclude Discussions (7)
iv Putting energy into making the community a better place
v Rewarding people who positively influence the community (8)
vi Spirit (8)
III Communication (7)
A Written vs. Verbal (7)
B “Bad Apples” (8)
C Non Violent Communication (8)
D Gossip (9)
E Groupthink (9)
IV Forming a Community (9)
A Resources (10)
i North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) (10)
ii Student Cooperative Association (SCA) (10)
iii The National Association of Housing Cooperatives
iv You (10)
B Voting (10)
i Consensus and Consensus Minus One (10)
ii Half Plus One Majority and Two-Thirds Majority (10)
C Jobs (11)
D Non-Participatory Members (11)
E Mission Statement (11)
F Policies or Rules (11)
G Meetings (11)
V Conclusion (11)
VI Bibliography (12)
VII Contact Info (12)

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