|RE: consensus and the greater good of the group||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Thu, 6 Feb 1997 08:28:57 -0600|
One way to evaluate an issue or proposal in terms of personal interest vs. group interest is to ask the person, How is this issue in the best interest of everybody in the group? You don't necessarily have to make every decision in the best interest of the group either. You can be aware of, and support as a group, a personal interest if you choose to do so. The key is, being aware of what you are doing. When it gets murky one thing to do is to jump into problem solving mode, brainstorm up all the pros, and cons you can think of about the issue, and identify areas you need information, and then identify all the assumptions you are making. I have found this clears the mud pretty quickly sometimes. Another way is to look for a common goal or purpose. Why should we have a pet policy at all? Why should we look for an urban site at all? Why should we have childcare at all at meetings? etc. Identify the broad goals for the issue first, then use them to define the specifics. This can also let you filter out stuff that doesn't fit by asking, how does this support the goals we are trying to accomplish If the primary goal for an urban site is ease of public transportation, and you find a less than urban site, cheaper, with great public transportation, you may have a solution. As for site selection stuff, I would advise breaking your group into two if you need to, with one pursuing exclusively an urban setting, and another working on low income setting. You may merge and cross pollinate each other in many areas. Remember that once a site is selected, this is a place where many groups experience some turn over in their membership. So expect people to leave the group, and don't get paralyzed over site requirements, if a great site appears, take it, let the folks it doesn't work for, continue in another group. The worst thing to do is to get set up with impossible site requirements, never find a site, then eventually just fading away. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
- consensus and the greater good of the group Carrie Burmaster, February 3 1997
- Re: consensus and the greater good of the group Mac Thomson, February 8 1997
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