|Re: Following agreements||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Robert P. Arjet (rarjetlearnlink.emory.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 10:07:01 -0600 (MDT)|
cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org writes: >This particular cohousing group regularly only gets >30-40% of its members to attend meetings, which meets the quorum >requirements but apparently isn't enough to make some decisions actually >work. (it was instructive to hear WHY people did not attend meetings) I'd be interested in hearing more about these reasons. We're still in the "forming" stage, so I'm not surprised that are a lot of people who attend 50% of the meetings or less. I've assumed, however, that once we are a "real" group, with "real" members and money involved, that regular attendance will simply be one of the duties of membership. However, it looks like in a lot of communities attendance is just not a requirement or a social norm. Maybe I spent too many years on football teams in Texas, but it seems to me that if you don't show up for practice, you really can't expect to play. Am I right in assuming that any consensus-based group with a 40% attendance rate has much bigger problems than who cleans up messes? I can't imagine trying to get compliance on a decision when 60% of the affected parties weren't there. To stretch my metaphor dreadfully, that's like trying to run a brand-new play when only the quarterback, the wide receiver, and a couple of the linemen were at practice. 60% of the players aren't going to know what to do, it's going to fail miserably, and all the people who weren?t at practice will agree that the play was a bad idea. The worst part is that in cohousing, there's not even a coach to blame. I guess what's at the bottom of my curiosity is this: do other people consider meeting attendance a central requirement of living in a consensus-based community? If so, then why is there so much trouble in getting people to show up? What are those instructive reasons for people not showing up, and do they generally hold water? Thanks, Robert Arjet Central Austin Cohousing www.austincohousing.org where we have agreed to accept membership money, but until we have a budget, we're not allowed to spend any... _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
Re: Does your community get all adults in a consensus decision? Elizabeth Stevenson, June 1 2001
- Quorum Robert P. Arjet, June 1 2001
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