Better Living by Design

Shared Decision Making

Community meeting in a hall
Community meeting in a hall

Residents can make suggestions on improvements to the infrastructure as times goes on, and the SUV community management team will combine these with professional advice to ensure villages are well maintained. Beyond the essential and high level operations of each community, residents will be encouraged to participate in the grass-root community decision making, if they want to and have time. For example, the local residents might decide when shared meals at the community hall are provided, when events are run in their hall or which crops to plant this season in the community garden!

This is a bit different to a pure cohousing model which suggests residents should make all the decisions, typically using a consensus decision making approach. Our experience suggests such models can be taxing on volunteers and struggle to deal with critical items in a timely manner. We believe many aspects of cohousing and ecovillage models are highly desirable though; for example, holding monthly (optional) community building gatherings to prioritise ideas and resolve any issues. Other typical community gatherings include birthday celebrations or community lead workshops on all manner of things such as bicycle maintenance or how roast vegetables to perfection!


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