OUR PRINCIPLES (What we live by and want to live by even more)
Sussex Cohousing aims to create a community that is run entirely and collaboratively by the residents, with an active commitment to living by the following principles:
Collaborative Communication: open, considerate, self-aware communication, with the genuine desire to cooperate and to understand the perspective of the other(s).
Community as home: a sense of belonging to and responsibility for the community as a whole, gained through co-creating a secure, nourishing and practical space which balances private and communal living.
Contribution: taking an active, creative responsibility for participating in the life and well-being of the community.
Cooperation: the cultivation of interconnected lives that are enriched by diversity, shared values, a common purpose and mutual support
Empowerment: enabling increased ability to create and shape our lives, homes and community to better meet our needs, values and passions.
Equality: equal opportunity to contribute to the work of the project and voice ideas and opinions. Fair and open decision making. Accountability and clear responsibilities which match ability.
Inclusivity: working to involve as many people as is practical in achieving the vision, mission and aims of the project and community.
Perseverance: consistently facing challenges with determination and patience.
Pleasant environment: the look, layout and function of our built environment meets our multisensory and practical need to live somewhere that satisfies us.
Respect: being considerate of the well-being of people and the environment.
Sustainability: collectively meeting the needs of our present, without compromising our future or the future of other generations.
Valuing the journey: seeing developing and living in the community as an ongoing process (rather than a destination) to be engaged with and valued.