|Re: Using outside facilitator||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jim_Snyder-Grant . LOTUS (Jim_Snyder-Grant.LOTUSCRD.lotus.com)|
|Date: Thu, 9 Jun 94 15:26 CDT|
New View's history with outside facilitators: When we did programming, the architects contracted with a facilitator to do some of the organizing & group process work. That worked out fine, I thought. Then, we considered bringing in a facilitator when we were wrestling with issues of diversity in the group & how to expand our diversity via our membership outreach & possibly by making policy changes: feelings were running high. There are people who make a living at helping orgnanizations deal with the traditional legally-involved dimensioons of diversity such as race, gender, age, etc. We decided not to bring in a facilitator on that one, but even just talking about that prospect in the process committee & in the whole group helped clarify what the issues were & generated some ideas about how to proceed. Professional process-workers who have observed our meetings always say very positive things about how well we work: I imagine that any cohousing group that has been successfully working togther for a while would get the same reaction. As people have pointed out before, the process of developing cohousing seems to attract & train respectful leadership. We didn't even consider bringing in an outsider when we wrestled with our last permitting issue -- the one that led to our first-ever vote -- and I think we did fine on our own. The process of bringing in new members has meant that we have had fresh perspectives & new skills coming in to the group from time to time, and that's been very helpful. -Jim Snyder-Grant, New View cohousing Jim_Snyder-Grant [at] lotus.crd.com
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