|Consensus and quorums||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Berrins (Berrinsaol.com)|
|Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 08:47:01 -0600 (MDT)|
At Pathways, a quorum is half of the 24 units. There is no going back after a decision is made unless someone puts together a proposal to break the previous consensus and that proposal is consensed on. There is supposed to be plenty of warning via the agenda, which is both emailed and posted at the common house. Voting by units allows those with more than one adult member to have just one representative present (hopefully, they agree with each other), leaving the other free to watch kids, do the laundry, or simply get a break from meetings, especially if they aren't all that interested in the agenda items. Single adult units don't have that advantage but, on the other hand, have as much decision making power as multiple adult households. I think it must be confusing to break decisions down into class one and class two, with one type of decision being made by each unit having only one vote and the other by each adult having one vote. Maybe not. We do have a bit of a contradiction, because we don't allow proxies (on the idea that one should be there to hear the discussion in order to make an informed decision), but on the other hand, we don't require that everyone voting be there for the whole meeting. On the few occasions when we didn't have a quorum at decision time, we had to scrounge the community to find another unit member to get them to come in and vote. Since those folks weren't there for the discussion, they needed to be brought up to speed on the topic. Obviously, this wastes a lot of time. We try to be sure a quorum is present from the beginning, but folks drift in and out. We're working on it... I loved that Jefferson paraphrase, but seem to have lost that email; something like "The price of consensus is eternal attendance." Roger Berman Pathways Northampton, MA _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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