|Re: community management||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David L. Mandel (75407.2361compuserve.com)|
|Date: Fri, 27 Oct 1995 02:09:30 -0500|
A few quick comments in reply to Stephan Rogers' query from Pioneer Valley. @ Nineteen committees! We had close to that many at first (issue need to be dealt with? form a committee). Setting meeting times was horrendous, especially for the hyperactive folks who joined many committees. So about a year ago we created four broader "clusters"; everyone is expected to me a member of one and only one. The first hour of one of our twice-monthly general meetings is devoted to cluster meetings. Each one has a coordinator and they are responsible for four general areas: Common house, other (mostly outdoor common areas), administration and community life. When a task needs doing or a topic needs brainstorming, a subgroup from the cluster takes it on. The idea is to delegate specific implementation of general decisions to these clusters, which are also supposed to generate proposals for improvements to our lives. Results: the chaos of umpteen committees has diminished, but some clusters in particular have trouble getting a handle on the idea that they're supposed to do maintenance work in their areas, not just talk about it and toss any difficult problems back at the general meeting. We're talking about the problem, and I will be happy to e-mail to anyone who requests a three-page brainstorm opener that was highly influenced by the "What it's really like" workshop in Boulder. The topic is "Getting things done around here," and it proposes some basic principles to consider along with a categorization of the different types of tasks we face. Let me know but don't expect it until after Nov. 7. I'll be out of town. @ We have two overall coordinators responsible for setting general meeting agendas, keeping tabs on important maintenance tasks to make sure they're not neglected, coordinating work parties, fielding complaints and gripes from the rest of it. The idea is to rotate these positions every six months or so, but one person has already stayed longer. It seems like a good idea, though some of us are so bad about remembering and following through on assigned tasks that it's not enough to have just these coordinators. We need a better overall system. I'll be happy to hear about other successful and unsuccessful schemes. Maybe genetic engineering for responsibility and better memory would help? David Mandel, Southside Park, Sacramento
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