RE: Making changes in our decisions
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 10:14:03 -0600 (MDT)
In the first five years  of your experience as a community you will want to
be able to try out many ideas and processes to see if they work. This living
together stuff is an experiment, and you need to cultivate an attitude of,
"lets try it out and see".  In some ways you WANT to revisit processes
regularly, because the first approach is rarely the best, it is just a way
to learn what works and does not. I recommend an annual evaluation place for
your community, where you ask, how can we improve how we do things? What
gets in your way? What works great?

You will want to make a clear pathway for changing things, especially during
the first five years. Changing decisions is not bad, but you want to ensure
that the changes meet the needs of a  substantial part of the community. The
problem tends to be, how do you judge between opinions of what works? And
how do you counsel the type of folks who gotta have it their way?

Sometimes the best approach is to say, Hey, that's an idea, lets try it out
for 6 months and see how it works.

Rob Sandelin
South Snohomish County at the headwaters of Ricci Creek
Sky Valley Environments  <>
Field skills training for student naturalists
Floriferous [at]

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