|Re: Meeting strategies--check-out||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Hungerford, David (dghungerforducdavis.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 3 Jun 94 14:05 CDT|
Pablo Halpern wrote: >Our group has over 40 adults. A reasonably >well-attended meeting has over 20 adults. A bare minimum checkout takes >20-25 minutes for us. Good group process is vitally important. >BTW, I don't disagree with anything you said, its just that for large >groups of people that don't live in the same place, we have to make time >trade-offs no matter how valid check-out may be. 20-25 MINUTES!!!!? When our group (roughly the same size) was in the earlier stages we also all felt the need to address every issue, many of us at length. This naturally resulted in gawdawfully long meetings, or meetings that compressed the later agenda items. After over five years, we have been learning to be more economical with our turns at speaking as well as our length of oration. I am one of the more (most, some would say) verbose members of our group. But even I have learned that I don't have to insert my wisdom(!?) into every discussion, and that talking, or thinking about what I'm going to say, interferes with listening. Our "meeting evaluations," or check-outs, are usually alloted 5 minutes and happen every meeting. Those who really want to continue discussing earlier agenda items, or other concerns, tend to stick around after the meeting. If a real issue crops up then, then they take it to our "Coordinating Committee" (which sets the meeting agendas/keeps tabs on community temperature). I don't know if it is necessary for every group to go through the endless talking stage, like a preschooler who is learning language and expression, but we currently believe that a more effective group process is to go for economy of meeting time and minimization of redundancy (of course, we can always change our minds, no process/procedure need be permanent.) Have other "moved-in" groups had the same experience? David Hungerford Muir Commons Cohousing Davis, CA dghungerfod [at] ucdavis.edu
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