Ostara Membership Manual

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This page constitutes the Ostara Membership Manual. These are the agreements which govern the house. The membership manual is incorporated by reference into the Ostara Lease. All members agree to abide by these rules and processes when they sign the lease.

Contents 1 Core Values 2 Basic Agreements 3 History: Birth of the Ostara Cooperative 4 Bylaws 5 Labor System 6 House Rules

Core Values

We, the extended family at Ostara, hereby aspire... To create community, an oasis of respect, responsibility, and cooperation To make decisions by consensus so as to hear, honor and accommodate the wishes and views of all of our members, To offer housing that is an island refuge of sane affordability amidst the vast, scary, shark-infested ocean that is Boulder’s feudalistic rental market, To provide a shiny, shiny example of cooperative living and offer support and resources for other budding co-ops To collectively and consciously purchase and consume nutritious food grown in ecological stewardship of the Earth that sustains us, To share meals, stories, dilemmas, triumphs, tragedies, dish washing duty and utility bills, To nurture each others talents, gifts, and individuality! To declare by our very existence our independence from the socio-cultural climate that alienates us from our essential interdependence upon each other and the Earth we call home. We are a testament to the abilities of human beings to thrive in peaceful cooperation, mutual respect, and as responsible stewards. We are evidence of the great potential that lies in our enormous power to co-create and shape our world. To do it all with gratitude, grace, love and wit, and in ecstatic revelry in the divine mysteries of the universe. -- Mo’s Legacy

Basic Agreements

All members will receive equal treatment; there will be no hierarchy We will work towards being a safe haven for diverse lifestyles, cultures, spiritualities and ideologies All decisions will be reached through consensus The good of the house as a whole will come before any one individual’s personal desires We will strive to interact with an open heart and mind, to be aware and respectful of others’ emotional states and provide a safe space for heart-felt, caring dialogue We will support organic and local farms whenever possible We will promote the growth of the cooperative movement We will encourage member involvement in the greater community We will endeavor to minimize our environmental impact We will strive to maintain a gender balance in the house This is low-income housing and both rent and food costs shall reflect this

History

Bylaws The Ostara House Bylaws have their own page.

Labor System The Ostara Labor System has its own page.

House Rules The Ostara House Rules have their own page.