Re: History of colored cards
From: Chris ScottHanson (
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 19:30:01 -0700 (MST)
Yes.  Tom Moench invented the 5 colored card system for discussion. I
remember his first presentation of the idea, in 1989.  (see The Cohousing
Handbook for more info, including additional process info contributed by
Tom.)  Tom had seen or heard of a colored cord system using the same five
cards, being used for consensus decision making. If I remember correctly, it
was from an intentional community in western Mass.

Chris ScottHanson

on 12/28/02 1:35 PM, Fred H Olson at fholson [at] wrote:

> Elana Kann <ekann [at]>
> is the author of the message below.
> It was posted by Fred the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] 
> because the message included some sort of attachement.
> --------------------  FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS --------------------
> There was an article in the Cohousing journal fall of 1991 called "Colored
> Cards Improve Group Process." This is what got the Westwood group started
> using them. Tom Moench was given credit for bringing the system to the
> Winslow group. He was an Organizational Development Consultant at Boeing
> Company in Seattle at the time. I thought maybe this idea came from Boeing
> and Tom imported it to Winslow. Did he actually create it? If so, thanks,
> Tom!
> I think using the cards helps us greatly, because of the hierarchy of the
> order in which the facilitator calls on people. Questions come first, then
> answers, then comments. And the ability to stop the process to refocus by
> using the red card means that all participants can help keep the meeting on
> track, it's not just the facilitator's job.
> --Elana Kann
> Westwood in Asheville, NC
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  • History of colored cards Fred H Olson, December 28 2002
    • Re: History of colored cards Chris ScottHanson, December 28 2002

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