|re: removing members||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Stephanie Fassnacht (fassnachssc.wisc.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 09:29:08 -0600|
Wow, not much response on this issue. I am assuming that it is because this subject is as unpleasant to everyone else as it has been for us. The only reason this subject came up at all is that several years ago, while I was still a member of Porchlight Cohousing, a Quaker by the name of John Gastell, who wrote a book called "Democracy in Small Groups," came to talk to us on the subject of consensus. John gave some pretty convincing examples of why it was necessary to consider ahead of time what a group would do in case a member was so dysfunctional as to disrupt the functioning or health of the rest of the group. Of course, I've now forgotten what those examples were; I only remember that at the time I was pretty convinced. From the responses I did get, it seems that we would be better served in putting our efforts into improving group cohesion and robustness, and depend on mediation and/or by-laws to deal with a worst case scenario in the unlikely event it should arise. Stephanie Fassnacht Village Cohousing Madison, Wisconsin
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