|re: Trust||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dan Ardoin (71045.2023compuserve.com)|
|Date: Fri, 12 Aug 94 22:22 CDT|
I have been attending meetings of the Grell group in Oceano, CA for a couple months now as a non-member. At a recent meeting I witnessed a conflict resolution process which came about over attached garages. The issue was hot and seemed to stall progress of the group. During the resolution process some members were unable to be present. The process went forward and came to a successfull conclusion. When the absent members came back and heard the results there was a sense of relief. This was articlutated as "trust". How wonderful it was that trust could freely be given over to the group. Another topic came up that wasn't so hot; proper and timely notification of business meetings and when is concensus allowed. Trusting came up again as a valid position opposed to spelling out (in by-laws) exactly what time limits there were for calling a special meeting. (We don't need more rules, I trust everyone here to notify me when something is going on and if I choose not to be there or can't be there, I trust everyone to come to a concensus I would have no problem with.) I began thinking about trust in this setting. I have never seen it written in any by-laws of any organization or non-profit corporation I have been associated with. I think it would be amazing indeed to see trust sewn into the very fabric of an organization by including it in the constitution and by-laws. A quote from "Spirit at Work" by Jay A. Conger & Associates: .. on the inner journey "we learn that we do not have to carry the whole load, that we can be empowered by sharing the load with others, and that sometimes we are even free to lay our part of the load down. We learn that co-creation leaves us free to do only what we are called and able to do, and to trust the rest to other hands." In regards to sweat equity, I don't know how trust can eliminate fairness issues completely but I suspect it is more a matter of the right frame of mind than of practicalities. I believe there is a certain amount of letting go and giving of yourself. I believe that what is happening in the group is only what is projected from what is happening inside each member. That projection can be either mostly good or mostly bad. Guess which kind requires the most rules. Dan
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