Re: proxies
From: pattymara (
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 11:14:01 -0600 (MDT)
Now this is a new concept to me.  Establishing quorum by proxy.  Hmmm. 
Does this mean that someone can not attend a meeting but send a proxy
(written?  verbal?) that essentially means "Go ahead without me, I I
trust the group to make decisions"?

Patty Mara 
Tierra Nueva, Cen CA Coast

On Sat, 2 Jun 2001 21:49:42 -0700 "Eileen McCourt"
<emccourt [at]> writes:
> We don't use proxies to decide issues, because we also use consensus, 
> so
> only those who are present at a meeting can make decisions.  There 
> is no
> voting, with or without a proxy. We use proxies to determine quorum 
> only.
> --eileen
> Eileen McCourt
> Oak Creek Commons
> Cohousing in Paso Robles, CA
> emccourt [at]
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cohousing-l-admin [at]
> [mailto:cohousing-l-admin [at]]On Behalf Of Lynn Nadeau
> Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2001 4:01 PM
> To: cohousing L
> Subject: [C-L]_proxies
> At RoseWind, proxies can neither satisfy quorum nor block. The only 
> time
> they are relevant is in the theoretical case that we use our 
> fallback
> voting system.
> Why? Because we operate by consensus, and only by being physically
> present can one have the opportunity to evolve and synthesize based 
> on
> the unfolding "group mind". This does not mean that one cannot have
> input: on any significant issue there are multiple ways to give 
> input to
> the relevant committee, in fact they solicit it via email, 
> discussion
> circles, and generally letting people know what's in the works and 
> whom
> to contact. This also makes the official discussion of the issue at 
> a
> business meeting happen more efficiently. But we still see that we 
> can,
> as a group, productively "take it from there" and refine and evolve 
> in
> the final discussion at the meeting.
> An absentee may even occasionally send a written comment to the 
> meeting,
> asking a friend, or the secretary, to read it to the group, as part 
> of
> the input to discussion.
> A room full of "proxies" aren't going to come up with anything 
> creative!
> Lynn Nadeau
> Lynn Nadeau, RoseWind Cohousing
> Port Townsend Washington (Victorian seaport, music, art, nature)
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