|Pool table consensus||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Floriferousclassic.msn.com)|
|Date: Fri, 26 Jun 1998 19:04:14 -0500|
The question you asked, how do you bring new people in to a consensus process, is an interesting one. One of the problems many cohousing groups find is that their membership is unstable for awhile as the project turns and swirls. One of the things that many groups seem to miss is that almost nobody outside of cohousing and a few non-profits uses collaborative decision making, thus the people who come into your group do not know how to do this very well. Even if you give people a document that describes your process, it probably won't teach people the attitudes they need to be sucessful in a collaborative process. In my opinion, the decision you mentioned about whether or not to have a pool table in the game room is a classic example of misuse of large group meeting time. This should never have been on the agenda in the first place. This is a small group decision. Most cohousing groups I visit use ineffective consensus and meeting methods and have poor facilitation, which ends up at various times tying the group up in knots over totally stupid issues which really should not even be on the large group agenda. This is why groups have 4-6 hour meetings, where a few people are intense about a small issue while everybody else sits on the sidelines. There are ways where you can get a lot more accomplished with 90 minute meetings than you can in four hour meetings. But to do it right takes training and commitment from everyone in the group. And your first commitment is that no meeting lasts more than 90 minutes. Ever. Rob Sandelin Effective Consensus Workshops Now registering for 1999.
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