By Patricia Mikkelson
Provisional members are people who are working towards becoming full members. We still don't have the process clear, but many communities have a clear path which we will consult with. The main thing we all need is to establish ways of building and determining trustworthiness and compatibility.
Cliff and I, the co-founders and members, are looking for at least one compatible person who wants to help get this project off the ground. You can find a description of our idea of the ideal person here.
If you are serious about exploring the possibilities of being either a long distance, part-time or full-time resident, going through this checklist is the best way to decide if you want to fill out an application. I also recommend that you thoroughly explore the website.
Click on the links in the order below for the greatest efficiency.
1. Values: If you resonate with all of them great! Keep going.
If not, having a conflict of values leads to endless conflicts, which are not fun for anyone. Therefore, we need not go any further.
2. Communication Covenant: It is important that you see value in resolving this way of resolving and preventing conflicts:
3. Get to know me, Patricia Mikkelson: This is truly a start-up operation and if you are the very first person who comes here, I will be the main person you will working with closely. Cliff is working full time at this point, but hopefully will be involved more soon. Besides, just about everyone gets along with Cliff!
4. Costs: Provisional members and visitors will pay a monthly fee for food, rent and utilities. We do our best to keep all expenses minimal. The exact amount is still being decided. If someone is serious about visiting, we will let you know so you can decide.
5. Diet: Mostly whole plant based foods, leaning towards raw and oil free, but not rigid.
6. Systems and structures: I am working hard to use systems that have worked in intentional communities. I am taking a training in Sociocracy in Jan 2019. I am glad to see that Sociocracy continues to be very successfully used in co-housing and other communities. I am studying it on my own. Here is something I wrote to help people study on their own.
We would be overjoyed to welcome people into our community!
However, as we are in our start up phase, we have limited time and energy to interact with new people personally because we are prioritizing deepening our relationships with people with whom we have built trust and who are supportive of our endeavors. So far, none of these people are in a position to join the physical community.
There is a huge amount of room for input, ideas, creativity and resource sharing since we are in a start up phase. And, we are creating an environment where people can fulfill their individual goals, using their unique talents that help build a world where all of life thrives. We would like at least one person to join us this Spring 2019 who is compatible. Ideally, a whole group of people who are looking for a place such as this will join us!
We encourage you to look over our values first to determine if you feel basic alignment. Then decide if you want to go through an initial screening process that we ask people who want to be involved, to go through. (see below) Our screening process helps determine if we are a good fit for you, and if you are a good fit for us. We want our interactions to be loving and productive.
We invite you to build trust with us by going through this process:
- Look over the website thoroughly. Then ask questions.
- Share about yourself in a way that helps us to know you are a real person and that you have a track record of ability to work with other people successfully.
- Write about why you are drawn to to be involved using specific examples that show you have looked at the website.
- Supply two references which we can contact to confirm who you are who you say you are.
- Be open to the possibility of a background check. We may or may not use this way of screening people.
After this, we can communicate with a video chat, or some other kind of conversation to determine how to move forward.
Contact Patricia with further questions: firstname.lastname@example.org