|Re: who gets to vote||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ruby44444 (Ruby44444aol.com)|
|Date: Sun, 26 Apr 1998 13:04:40 -0500|
To answer Robin Allison's question about who votes if it comes down to a 75% vote: At Pioneer Valley we wrote into the bylaws that before we would revert to voting we would hire a trained mediator. If the mediation fails, the vote would be of members who own houses. The rationale is that house owners have a much larger stake in the community. Associate members can be part of discussions and the shaping of the consensus, but can't block it. I think that it is very easy for people brought up in competitive, voting societies to bend the consensus process a little so that it resembles voting--campaingning for ones own point of view, treating a test for consensus as a straw poll, thinking in terms of winning/losing, etc--and it's necessary to do as much education as possible, and build into your structure everything you can to maintain the spirit of consensus: that everyone has a piece of the truth. That's why we put in our bylaw. Otherwise, it's possible that voting could be reverted to out of anger, or as a way to manipulate people and outcomes. Rebecca
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