transparency = trust

I am not always a fan of his thoughts, but Laird’s Blog on Community and Consensus is one of the few places you can find the truth on community living because he blogs about his time working with all sorts of ICs all over the country. Today’s is a great post about privacy and transparency. I think about this a lot because I lean towards total transparency and when one family and then a few other families’ children started behaving in ways that affected all the children in the community, I reacted privately which became public and then became a bone of contention for everyone. One other family had already decided to leave and move out so I thought it was serious. I also still wonder what other “secrets” I should mention to the group before I leave forever (in two months, but who’s counting?). I think there are some questions with transparecency still about posting meeting notes quickly so everyone knows what the committees are doing and if some should get paid for their work hours. But, they already proved as a group that hearing from me is the last thing they want.

Here is his blog post:

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The Intersection of Discretion, Transparency, and Trust

that is the name and it is at his blog at

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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