|Re: RE- the politics of co-h||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Laura Bagnall (Laura_Bagnallterc.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 15 Mar 94 14:07 CST|
Reply to: RE>RE: the politics of co-housing Rob Sandelin said (in response to a query by Wm Leler) [...] Consensus is a decision making tool. It is not required, but it is one of the better tools around for cooperative agreements. It is a bad tool for making micro decisions such as what color the commonhouse bathroom tile should be. Most groups use a variety of decision making tools as they progress through the development process. I'd be interested in different decision-making tools employed by different groups, if people would care to share their experiences. Our group (NWIS) has been in existence since last July, and in general consensus has served us very well. We have been making excellent progress, and we may have identified a site. The one decision that has been totally unresponsive to this process is deciding on a new name for our group! The original name (Northwest Inner Suburban) was picked by the two people who started the group and the intention was to come up with a better name long before now. We have had a number of discussions about names, and we always end up coming up with a long list of name, and no consensus on what name we should choose. Actually, it reminds me a lot of when I was in college and the fraternity that I belonged to (Pi Kappa Alpha, nicknamed Pika for short) decided to drop out of the national organization (for one thing, we were a co-ed house, and they didn't think that that was cool at all). We spent a week on an elaborate elimination voting scheme, and at the end came up with a name that nobody liked, and finally just ended up changing the capitalization, and going by the name "pika". I'm a little afraid that the same thing is going to happen here, and we'll end up stuck with the name "NWIS", which is terrible! Anybody have any clever ideas for alternate decision-making strategies? Laura Bagnall NWIS Cohousing Arlington, MA
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