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Philosophy


Community lives anywhere with a deep sense of trust and an expectation for the future. 

So then, what is the place where community happens?

 
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Philosophy


Community lives anywhere with a deep sense of trust and an expectation for the future. 

So then, what is the place where community happens?

 

Design Scheme

Our cooperative design scheme intends to inspire the feelings of autonomy, mastery, and purpose in our residents. We achieve this by thinking of our design scheme as a platform.  Rising Commons is a platform for residents to build their personal, artistic, professional, and spiritual lives. Our legal, financial, and physical designs intend to allow residents the flexibility and potential for their creative endeavors.  

Each home will consistently create the solid foundation for residents customizations.  These altogether, create a nuanced, living landscape.

Separation in residences creates neighborhoods without the ambition or tools to adapt to economic change. Our challenge to these subdivisions combines non-profit and market-driven models within a dynamic mission of resiliency and entrepreneurship.

 

Co-working

 

Cooperation is the force that has propelled coworking spaces to be one of the fastest growing new markets in the United States, inspiring larger businesses to remodel their internal offices after the coworking spaces’ innovations.  Coworking creates an entry level of sharing and skill-building for a cooperative culture.

 

 
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We know a lot about the ideal environment for a happy whale or a happy mountain gorilla. We’re far less clear about what constitutes an ideal environment for a happy human being. One common measure, for how clean a mountain stream is, is to look for trout. If you find the trout, the habitat is healthy. It’s the same way with children in a city. Children are a kind of indicator species. If we can build a successful city for children, we will have a successful city for all people.
— Enrique Peñalosa | former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia
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Core Values


“With reciprocity all things do not need to be equal in order for acceptance and mutuality to thrive. If equality is evoked as the only standard by which it is deemed acceptable for people to meet across boundaries and create community, then there is little hope. Fortunately, mutuality is a more constructive and positive foundation for the building of ties that allow for differences in status, position, power, and privilege whether determined by race, class, sexuality, religion, or nationality.” 

-bell hooks

Core Values


“With reciprocity all things do not need to be equal in order for acceptance and mutuality to thrive. If equality is evoked as the only standard by which it is deemed acceptable for people to meet across boundaries and create community, then there is little hope. Fortunately, mutuality is a more constructive and positive foundation for the building of ties that allow for differences in status, position, power, and privilege whether determined by race, class, sexuality, religion, or nationality.” 

-bell hooks

The Core Values of Rising Commons include:

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  1. Promoting place-based social and cultural change as a business role model.
  2. Balancing humor, humility, and a sense of mutual stewardship with the surrounding world.
  3. Respecting the social and spatial needs of our neighbors, their families, and their businesses.
  4. Creating wealth through trust, accountability, and health.
  5. Committing to relationships derived from communication, mutual support, and personal growth.
  6. Cultivating personal opportunities through a culture of learning and innovation.

 


You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth... For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession,.. And what is it to work with love? It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house. It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit. Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
— Khalil Gibran
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Governance


We're building trust and understanding through communication.

Governance


We're building trust and understanding through communication.

Who's turn is it to speak?

   Asheville  (1948), WIllem DeKooning

 Asheville (1948), WIllem DeKooning

We utilize the N-Street model of governance, to establish an atmosphere of listening, communicating, and compromising. Created by N-Street Cohousing in Davis, CA, the system demonstrates that a focus on proposals, discussions, and consensus operates smoothly when a super-majority decision serves as a secondary decision making tool at a later date.  Read more here.

In addition to governance, awareness training in communication, interpersonal relationships, and consensus decision making makes for a group who find creative potential in themselves and each other.  Everyone is given a chance to speak (or not to speak!). Committees and sub-committees serve to free the rest of the group from constant deliberation over a decision.