|Cohousing and the future: training leaders||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson WB0YQM (fholsonmaroon.tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 4 May 94 08:47 CDT|
Message author: Rob Sandelin <robsan [at] microsoft.com> Posted by the COHOUSING-L sysop. I had a very interesting and stimulating discussion last night at community dinner with a visitor who is a student of sociology. One of the things that came out in our discussion that I had never thought about before was the idea of Cohousing as leadership training. As this discussion rolled around our common eating area several members noted that in virtually every organization, and also within their work environment they tend to end up in leadership roles. We are not actually leaders in terms of being governors, or presidents of things, we are leaders with a small l, running the PTA, the local pre-school board, the local democratic caucus, etc. I found that was true of myself, not because of any desire to run things, but that after several years of working with this group and refining our meeting process, I can't stand to sit through poorly run meetings and I end up "ghost facilitating" by asking for agendas, setting time limits on discussions, creating action items and deliverables and action plans, reviewing progress and summarizing. When you do that a few times, you end up being nominated to be the chair. One of the commonalties we discovered is that even when several of us have declined leadership position we are the ones who get called by the leaders for council and advice. It was very fascinating to watch this conversation unfold (one of the best things about community dinner) and see the connections being made. My wife, who declined the presidents role in the PTA is constantly being called by the leadership for advice. This same exact thing was related by four other neighbors with organizations they belong to! Although they don't come to meetings much, our children also show similar leadership roles in school and in play and tend to be the peacemakers and instigators of cooperative play. I never realized that so many of my neighbors hold so many leadership positions and it sparked a very inspiring discussion about how the cooperative values, negotiation and communication skills which are inherent in Cohousing are also very much the skills of leadership, and if we are the leaders, and our children are the leaders of the next generation, there really is hope for a saner world. I wonder if the leadership phenomena we discovered last night holds true in other groups? -- Fred H. Olson fholson [at] uci.com Sysop of COHOUSING-L mailing list 1221 Russell Av N; Minneapolis, MN 55411 voice: (612) 588-9532 WB0YQM 146.64 MHz with DTMF Selcall: 233 ; FAX by arrangement
- Cohousing and the future: training leaders Fred H Olson WB0YQM, May 4 1994
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