|Empowering individuals while communicating issues: The decision board||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2001 00:07:02 -0600 (MDT)|
The tyranny of unstructure is often a response to a group process that is not effective. One of the problems that face many groups is that the large group meeting structure is tedious and sometimes so onerous that it causes people to give up on initiatives rather than try to move them though the "process". In order to accomplish something small one has to get on the agenda, maybe have to wait a couple of meeting cycles, go through perhaps hours of debate, reshape the proposal over again, etc. YUCK! Simpler just not to do anything, or do it anyway and ask for forgiveness later. A solution which empowers personal initiative but also provides feedback and communication is called a decision board. A paper is posted in the Commonhouse 3-5 days in advance of a meeting. This paper has in big letters: "TO BE DECIDED" across the top. In smaller letters there is the name of the initiator, the text of the proposal, the date of the meeting, and space for people to write comments. For example: TO BE DECIDED Initiator: Rob Proposal: convert the front CH flower beds into a bean and tomato batch Why do this? Nobody cares for the flowers, they all died, the gardeners need more growing beds and will care for them since they are food. Meeting time: Wednesday after dinner (This is 3 days after this was posted) Comments? This notice is posted, and whomever shows up at the meeting makes the decision. On the back of the sheet they write down what was decided and post it. In some communities that use this, there is a two day grace period after the decision was made and posted, so if somebody has a significant objection they can put there name on the sheet with a big NO. This then punts the issue to the top of the agenda of the next general meeting. Or the initiator can meet with this person to try to resolve their issues. Rob Sandelin Community Works! You can now access a draft of my online book at http://www.ic.org/nica/book/Cover.htm _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
- more on The Tyranny of Structurelessness C2pattee, July 11 2001
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