Team cultures
From: Dahako (
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 12:30:12 -0700 (MST)
Hi all -

Does anyone out there have any insight to offer on the following situation:

The Eastern Village group as a whole is using one consensus process, which we 
are working to hone (with help and training from Laird Schaub). However, every 
major team except community life uses a different process.  The outreach team 
mostly meets virtually or just messages/phones each other.  The finance team is 
(somewhat oddly, IMHO) much less formal and usually chews through items in long 
discussions at the local coffee house (which in large part accounts for my 
regular attendance at their meetings).  The design team seems to use different 
variations in each subteam. 

This is a large group - we're in development with about 40 households bought in 
and several more in the wings - heading for a total of 56.

Do you have any experience with different teams within the same community 
having different consensus cultures from each other and from the group as a 
whole?  Any observations?

Thanks -

Jessie Handforth Kome
Eastern Village Cohousing
Silver Spring, Maryland
"Where we're in the thick of development - the roof is dried in, our apartments 
are almost all framed, selection of individual options is coming up, and many 
design and money decisions are being made quickly."
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