|Re: Consensus Fallbacks||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dahako (Dahakoaol.com)|
|Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 10:40:46 -0600|
All - Several people asked Sherri Zann-Rosenthal about the outcome of the blocked consensus on gun policy at Eno Commons. I was there and thought I'd offer my view. The process of re-examining the policy was started by some prospective members who owned guns and wanted to see whether we would change our policy to allow them to join. Because the group had changed quite a bit since the covenants were put in place and we obviously had some strong differences of opinion, we decided to consider the matter. In a first take, we did come to a quick consensus on a changed policy, but almost immediately members with misgivings asked for the issue to be reopened and it was. I think this was the sort of superficial consensus Sherri referred to. We then took committee and group time over the next few months to consider the issue from several angles. Many different viewpoints were expressed and high feelings rose in several meetings. Because of another issue also raised at the time - which ultimately also resulted in a blocked consensus from members other than Sherri - we had a professional facilitator/conflict mediator in for a session with the group. Sherri has for some time (by her own decision) been largely withdrawn as a member (she concentrates on her role as developer) and was not in attendance at about half of the early meetings working through examining our goals and doing conflict mediation on the gun policy. We do publish our minutes via email, and we have a member responsible for developer liaison. I believe she went to at least one of the committee meetings, but I don't have those minutes. By the time Sherri joined the group discussions, we were well on our way to a consensus that would have released the ban on guns in favor of a policy requiring substantial safety measures. Sherri's views *were* listened to and considered. I've checked the minutes and her last recorded position (pre-block) was that guns would be OK on site if ammunition for them was kept off site. Many of concerns people have raised in this forum about legacy policies, patronizing by longer term group members, and other tension-producing things like that came up during our discussions and raised ugly feelings that are not resolved yet. Also, in my opinion, gun policy raises core value issues with people in different ways. Most of the Northeasterners in the group were knee- jerk anti-gun primarily because they felt that any gun in the community would undermine their security. The Southerners and Westerners framed the issue a different way - they didn't want anyone (except the law) telling them what they could do inside their own homes. Midwesterners varied. The different framing around closely held values was very difficult to work around, even using a mediation method based on interests instead of positions. Tempers flared everywhere. Facilitators came and went, burned out by the dual issues facing the group and sometimes unable or unwilling to facilitate and stay out of substance of the discussions. The issue was temporarily dropped because the prospective members who raised it decided not to participate (they didn't feel welcomed) and Sherri had expressed her intent to block consensus. Recently, the group added it as a low priority item on the "parking lot" list we keep of things we need to get to. So, someday when we have our whole group present on site, I guess we'll do it again. Jessie Handforth Kome Eno Commons Durham, NC Where more than half of us are moved in and we are enjoying eating together even without a Commons House.
- Consensus Fallbacks Sherri Rosenthal, January 4 1999
- Re: Consensus Fallbacks Stevenson/Bitner, January 8 1999
- Re: Consensus Fallbacks Dahako, January 13 1999
- Re: Consensus Fallbacks Stevenson/Bitner, January 14 1999
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