|Re: Governance: Att: Southside, Nyland, & Sharingwood||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Monty Berman (mbermanmailbox.syr.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 20 May 1996 09:29:24 -0500|
From: Monty Berman, First Resident Group, Ecovillage at ithaca =09 As per Mac Thomson's excerpt below, I am interested in knowing more=20 about what comprises the "consolidation" of committees that Southland,=20 Nyland, & Sharingwood moved towards. I think such a transition might be=20 useful to our EcoVillage at Ithaca group. Specificlly, I'm looking to=20 know what committees have been consolidated. Compare, for example,as in nex= t=20 paragraph, the various committees we have in operation =09As far as what we have done committee-wise, my analysis is that=20 we get the jobs done by forming basic committees (e.g., Finance,=20 Steering, Land Use, Landscape, Process, Energy) and then form many ad hoc= =20 committees to deal with short term issues (e.g., Appliances, Common House= =20 Furnishings, House Rules). These are staffed primarily on a volunteer=20 self-selection basis, and what happens is that those who are interested=20 in a particular area wind up om it. This seems to me to be working fairly= =20 well---though I wonder about the fact that some members overextend=20 themselves by being on too many committees. =09In any event, the idea of consolidation appeals to me and I'd=20 like to hear more about it. =09As far as construction vs. living there, we are now 25% complete=20 on the houses, so my remarks pertain to construction only. =09Re average number of hours at mtgs, I would say that those of the=20 30 households who attend fairly regularly, about 30 individuals, probably= =20 attend 80% of our regulular 4 hr mtgs, which are, usually, twice a month.= =20 However, many months there are 3 or 4 gneral mtgs, e.g., as this=20 past Jan, Feb., March, May. I'm aware it will be difficult (but not =20 impossible) to come up with an average number of hrs, but at least you=20 have the figures (estimates?). NOTE: Of course, the above is for=20 generalmtgs only and does not include committee mtgs or related events,=20 e.g., community building, etc. =20 Monty > =09 >=20 > On Thu, 16 May 1996, Mac Thomson wrote the following excerpt: >=20 > > I=B9ve also noticed=20 > > that a few groups (Southside, Nyland, and Sharingwood) have consolidate= d=20 > > their committee structures. My understanding is that there was a=20 > > problem with too many committees all responsible for different=20 > > miscellaneous activities and some activities perhaps falling between th= e=20 > > cracks and being the responsibility of no committee. In consolidating,= =20 > > the group created an oversight body of some sort and created just a=20 > > small number of committees to whom ALL activities were distributed. > >=20 > > Here=B9s some questions to stimulate some discussion: > > Is my explanation of what happened with these groups somewhat accurate? > > Have other groups gone through similar consolidation? > > Who has a system that they think works particularly well? Particularly= =20 > > poorly? > > Does the construction period require the same type of governance=20 > > structure as when you=B9re actually living in cohousing? > > How many hours per month does the average member spend in meetings? > >=20 > > =09 Mac Thomson San Juan Cohousing > > =09 ganesh [at] rmi.net Durango, Colorado > >=20 > > "Between whom there is hearty truth, there is love." > > - Henry David Thoreau > >=20 >=20
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