|Re: conflict sources -ism education||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Christy Collins (ccollinsloudjoy.com)|
|Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 07:08:03 -0600 (MDT)|
This brings up something I've been wondering about: how common is it for communities to agree to do workshopping / education around the various -isms that inevitably are an issue in community life. We are, at this point, saying that we'd like to have all kinds of diversity in our community, and I am thinking that we need to be ACTIVE in educating ourselves and exercising anti-racism, ageism, sexism, homophobia, etc. My feelings about this come from participating in online communities that had a lot of trouble dealing with this issue, with marginalized groups repeatedly getting insulted by posters who needed a lot of education - often, these posters were people who were sure that they were the most liberal, sensitive people around.
Is awareness and education about these issues a regular, active part of life for any existing communities?
-Christy Collins Columbia County, NY On Thursday, May 22, 2003, at 08:15 AM, Catya Belfer-Shevett wrote:
To add another arena, from a group yet again back to land search..(this is, of course, only my personal take, and i'm not speaking for the group.)I'd say our largest recurring conflict, or perhaps recurring heavily-emotional-issue, has been how newer folks to the group deal with those of us who are out of the closet as poly and/or queer. Three aspects generally show up - personal comfort, PR, and marketing.We have some stuff in place to try to deal with this, and we get better at it with each semi-regular meltdown about it, but WOW is it hard.Our current solutions include: PR: Strategy - keep a low profile1 - no links to personal home pages off of the website, and no full names on the website. 2 - keeping those of us who are out of the closet, especially with easily web-searchable names and web presence, out of town meetings, newspapers, press contact, etc.Marketing / Prospectives: be open about itThe last thing we want is to surprise anyone months down the road, so from introductory meetings (which i run) onward, people who are out of the closet stay out of the closet.Personal Comfort:1 - Mentors check in with new folks to see if they have any questions / concerns2 - Q&A and discussion as neededAdvice on this one is welcome, I could really do without completely derailing the work of the group onto people melting down about this stuff, again.- catya ____ Catya Belfer-Shevett ____\ / Interested in catya [at] pobox.com \ / \/ Cohousing in MA? www.catya.org \/ www.mosaic-commons.org _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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- Re: 3 top conflict sources Berrins, May 21 2003
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