|Re: Consensus Decisions||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dahako (Dahakoaol.com)|
|Date: Sun, 8 Mar 1998 18:50:50 -0600|
Hi - Our group, Eno Commons, is actually in development right now. We've used consensus for everything but the street name and found that our group can come to consensus quickly when necessary. We've found it helps to try to identify necessary decisions as far in advance as possible and have someone volunteer to spearhead information gathering and developing a proposal or options paper. If the group understands when a deadline is and why we have it, we have found we can make timely, good decisions. If the deadline is not clear, or it is not clear why we need a decision, things can get dicey. For example, last week we were able to come up with enough money to do some "make-up" grading required to allow enough space on lots for our geothermal loops, and we had less than a week's notice of the amount - but we had known about and discussed the additional grading and how to manage getting the funds. On the other hand, we keep putting off bringing pet policy and shed policy and things like up from committee that because we are not yet up against a deadline for them. It helps to be willing to have extra business or committee meetings at the drop of a hat and to have lots of informal social time - on the phone or in person - where people can remember why they are doing this crazy cohousing thing. When things get really sticky we call in the cavalry: a facilitation/mediation consultant, a consultantwho converted our community goals into three really neat color pallettes we could select among. . .and so on. And, I must note, we are a dual track development, so our developer handles the day-to-day development management. We don't use cards, but have found that, even without them, some decisions are driven by one or two people who feel very strongly and the rest stand aside. Some of this sort of decision are actually very strong, but they do seem to leave a different residual "feel" within the group than the ones where we all completely agree. I think we are learning that if our relationships with each other support a fair amount of trust that people mean what they say (completely - including intent and ability to carry through), then the decisions we make will generally be sound. Jessie Handforth Kome Eno Commons Durham, NC Where our first foundation is complete, geothermal ground loops and all, with framing to start next week. We're doing a little more grading to allow the next 15 homes to go forward (El Nino willing) and to get our garden space clear. We're planning a community retreat at the beach the first week in April to work on "community" skills. If you want to join us, there are 6 more lots (3 large and 3 small) and we're looking for a few more good neighbors.
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