After initial email contact, a full member of Prospect will phone you for an informal chat. You will then be asked to fill in an on-line questionnaire, giving details about yourself such as why you want to join an intentional rural community and what skills and experience you have. Once this has been filled in and returned, you will be given access to the members’ section of the website which gives more details about the group.
The next stage is to meet one or more full members depending on where you live. If this meeting goes well, you will be invited to Sunday lunch to meet other full and prospective members. If both you and the full members consider you might be compatible, you will be invited back to further open meetings.
There are two types of Prospect meeting, open meetings and business meetings. The aim of the open meetings is to get to know each other, especially prospective members. Only full and probationary members attend business meetings as these are where fundamental issues such as finance, potential properties and various aspects of implementing the Prospect vision are discussed. Business meetings are held once or twice a month usually over a weekend and open meetings about every other month and usually take place on a Sunday. All Prospect meetings are held in Bovey Tracey, Devon.
It takes time to get to know you, and you us, and could take several months, depending on circumstances. At any time during this process, you may decide that Prospect is not for you and we would appreciate it if you would let us know this. Prospective members only become probationary members after being approved by consensus at a business meeting of all full members. You will be informed about this decision as soon as possible.
After approval, you will be asked to pay a membership fee of £25, making you a probationary member. Probationary members will be invited to business meetings (as observers) for a minimum of 3 meetings. If approved by consensus at a business meeting of all full members, you will be invited to become a full member.
New partners of full members who want to become a member will be subject to the same joining process as everybody else.
Frances Jannaway, 17 April 2012