|RE: Cyber-meetings||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Fri, 31 Jan 1997 09:26:42 -0700 (MST)|
I think what needs to be invented here is a PROCESS, sort of like a meeting process, that uses the technology for decision making. For example, use a proposal modification method, where one person makes a proposal and it is modified by others. One idea: Standardize a format for the subject titles to use them. For example I could use the title Cyber-Meetings and add a word to the end, such as Cyber-Meetings AGREE, or Cyber-Meetings CHANGE and these added words could have standard meanings. If I agree with the proposal I simply add that word to the subject and send it back to the list. This has intesting possibilities, I will think about this more ---------- From: cohousing-l [at] freedom.mtn.org on behalf of Stuart Staniford-Chen Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 1997 12:11 AM To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: Cyber-meetings > > Dear Fred, Stuart, and the rest, > > Our group is in the process of coming up with a new plan of how and > when we hold our meetings, etc. It ocurred to me that we could have > alot of very good discussion on the Internet just like we do here on > Coho-L. Those cyber-meetings would supplement, but not replace, our > face to face meetings. Some of the opportunities I see are: no need to I have a fair amount of experience trying to use email lists as a decision- making forum. I have had mixed experiences. Simple decisions, decisions that are mainly technical, decisions where there is not too much conflict, seem to be ok. Difficulties I have encountered: * It's very hard to handle significant conflicts/disagreements by email, especially when a lot of emotion is involved. * Some people are careless in phrasing email, or things get lost in the translation, and feelings get hurt. * Discussions can be drawn out, and happen in the middle of other things people are doing, so some folks forget the context. Points get repeated unnecessarily, or have to be repeated because people have forgotten. * If someone is silent, you don't know if it's because they don't agree, don't care, or haven't logged in lately. My general feeling is that it is useful to try and resolve the issue by email, but it's better to abandon the attempt if it gets sticky, and make the decision another way. Agreements in advance on how the process is supposed to work help. Some of these problems might be soluble by appropriate software. There are some attempts at decision support software out there, but I haven't used any of them. I seem to recall that a Lycos search for "consensus" brings up a few pointers to that kind of thing. Stuart Staniford-Chen Cohousing Network Webperson.
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