|Re: Quorum||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Racheli&John (jnpalmeattglobal.net)|
|Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 10:13:00 -0600 (MDT)|
** Reply to note from "Barbara M. Kelly" <Barbara.M.Kelly [at] Hofstra.edu> Mon, 04 Jun 2001 11:44:18 -0400 >From Racheli Sonora Cohousing, Tucson. Hi Barbara, I sounds to me that because of the unusual nature of your community you need a different set of rules regarding how and when meetings take place. We don't have a quorum requirement, for the reason mentioned by others. To me a more serious question than how many people are present for a consensus decision is: Does the community process and culture allow for everyone to express their views comfortably, without being put down (or ignored) in cases where the majority strongly disagrees? If people feel encouraged to express their opinions, and the process is truly inclusive, and if decisions aren't made on the spur of the moment (ie: there is always sufficient warning that a consensus decision on a given topic will be attempted at an upcoming meeting), then I don't think that how many people are present is all that crucial. Another issue which I think is important is to take sufficient time for making any decisions which are not trivial. I remember cases where we "fast tracked" a decision, and consensed. By the time I was going home additional questions started coming to mind... This is less likely to happen if decisions aren't rushed. I liked what someone said about knowing there is a consensus even before calling for it. It seemed to me that if serious work is done on contentious issue, eventually this moment comes. All too often, though, I feel that we don't work hard enough to achieve real consensus. Rather, we go for compromises hoping that people who aren't truly happy (but perhaps aren't truly unhappy either...) wouldn't raise a fuss. R. > While I agree with you in principle, I have to point out that one of our late > lamented boards was headed by a guy who preferred to do things his way and saw > input from the other members as a nuisance to be avoided. _______________________________________________ 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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