|RE: Group vision: An example scenario||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Fri, 29 Apr 94 09:57 CDT|
In order to make the importance of having a group values/vision statement let me offer an example scenario for clarification. At Sharingwood, one of the values we hold is religous tolerance and freedom. You can hold any religon you wish as long as your worship does not infringe upon anyone else. Lets suppose that this value was not in place. Now, suppose an extremely evangelic person joined Sharingwood and wanted their religous values to be the stated community values. Suppose even after they had received behavior-feedback which told them that no one else supported their view, he consistently continued his evangalism and continued to work it into the group agenda at every opportunity. The end result of this would be significant conflict, with this person probably ending up ostracized and being asked to leave. SInce Sharingwood is a pretty well established group, we have land, houses and no major debt, we could absorb a major conflict such as this, although it would distract us and derail our current group efforts for awhile. If we were just developing our community, this kind of fundamental values conflict might easily destroy us as most forming groups don't have the energy, skills and time buffer to handle this sort of major conflict. Having a clear values/ vision statement early protects you from these sorts of major values conflicts later and will ideally bring together people who hold enough similiar values that they can work through their differences. The evangelic person could form their own community, with their own stated values, and would attract people who hold those values. This is not bad, it is the way community building works. The key is to state up front what your values are or what you will tolerate, otherwise you may find yourself several miles downstream in a boat full of people you really don't want to be with.
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