|RE: The meetings lifestyle||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Exchange) (RobsanExchange.MICROSOFT.com)|
|Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 12:34:30 -0600|
> > Mela Silva of Southside Park wrote about the participatory > requirements as being a barrier, and also about meetings.I agree that > meetings are very often very poorly used and the commonest mistake I > see is groups holding large group meetings to cover business which is > really small group work. > > I heard of a community, not cohousing, which only meets for one day, > twice a year. They can do this because they give almost complete > autonomy to individuals and they have a high expectation for personal > responsibility. They set it up so that any action which will effect > your neighbors must be posted in advance at the community center > bulletin board. > > Anyone who wants to have a say in the action or decision simply drops > by and talks with the individual that posts the idea. An example which > was given was that an individual wanted to make a community sweat > lodge. This person investigated the idea, and made a proposal and > posted it. Five other people had ideas, and three of them were > interested in helping make it happen. So they did. One person did not > like the location of the sweat lodge, but because she did not read the > bulleton board as she was expected to, she kept her complaint to > herself. In her view, SHE was the party at fault, because she failed to > do her duty - read the bulletin board, and so she missed out on the > opportunity to have input into the project. I found it interesting > that in her viewpoint, she felt she had not meet her personal > responsibility and thus could not whine about it later. Whew! Talk > about maturity. > > In this case, the community has instilled very large degree of personal > responsibility and then uses that in their decision making. The > expectation is that you have to take personal responsibility to propose > ideas, and react to them if you care. And if you do not, then you need > to accept the personal responsibility for your feelings and dump them > on others. > > One of the great failings of large group meetings is that everyone sits > through stuff which they may not care a fig about and thus, their time > is wasted. There are many alternative ways to gather and process > input besides large group meetings. > > Rob Sandein > Sharingwood >
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