Re: Does your community get all adults in a consensus decision?
From: Elizabeth Stevenson (
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001 19:37:01 -0600 (MDT)
We made a decision long ago, our adherence to which has been very useful. If
you don't come to the meeting, you have no say. Of course, there are times
when one can't attend a meeting where an important decision is being made.
Usually, we will postpone the meeting for an individual who feels strongly
about an issue, or agree not to make a decision that day.

I could see a community coming to a complete standstill if people who don't
attend meetings are consulted ad nauseum about decisions. If you have a
process for getting items on the agenda that forewarns people about issues,
it shouldn't be a problem.

Liz Stevenson
Southside Park Cohousing
Sacramento, California

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>From: "Robyn Williams" <pov [at]>
>To: <cohousing-l [at]>
>Subject: Re: [C-L]_Does your community get all adults in a consensus decision?
>Date: Fri, Jun 1, 2001, 11:03 PM

> In our group, I've seen decision making withheld because a key person (has
> info or strong personal interest) was absent and I've experienced the
> opposite, a less informed decision go ahead despite the absence of a
> integral person.  It's inconsistant and I struggle with the arbitrary nature
> of how we carry on our business.
> This came up this week:
> An ever incresing list of agenda items carried over from one monthly meeting
> to another.
> A call to use the internal e-list to discuss items in a systematic way (it's
> been happening informally for ages)
> A cry of resistence championing the rights of the disenfranchised non-email
> users (we have a computer in the commonhouse that is avalable to all and
> technical support for new users) and supporting the meeting process as the
> only way to ensure total inclusivity.
> The reality:
> Only 8 people attend monthly meetings regularly, that is more than half the
> time.  Most people rarely or never turn up for a variety of reasons although
> some of the regular absentees are strident about their right to have a say.
> Some people make an effort to outreach and others are more flippant.
> 22 people have email addresses, including members too far away to
> participate in person (one member lives in England).
> Only 2 peole don't tend to use email although they each have an address -
> one has a partner who is very involved, the other is our direct neighbour
> and can be directly supported by my partner.
> So we're going to suck it and see.  Synchronistically (?sp) yesterday, Gerry
> and Ken from Windsong sent me their communi-link community discussion tool
> to try out.
> Regards
> Robyn Williams
> Pinakarri Community
> Fremantle, Western Australia
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