|RE: decision circles||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2004 20:16:53 -0700 (MST)|
Here is the Sharingwood Criteria Small group decision making should not be used when: · The decision involves spending community money that is not in a committee budget, or otherwise budgeted, or is outside the general parameters of a committees budget. (For example if the commonhouse committee wanted to donate $100 to the Kara clothing fund) · The decision changes the use of, or significantly alters a common area. (For example building a storage shed on the island) · The decision affects the property of one or more lot owners. (For example, lets raise pigs in the back of the commonhouse). · There is a conflict between individual self interest and the best interest of the group. (For example I want to sell the commonhouse tables and buy camping gear) · In your best judgment the decision should have input from everybody at a general meeting. Rob Sandelin South Snohomish County at the headwaters of Ricci Creek Sky Valley Environments <http://www.nonprofitpages.com/nica/SVE.htm> Field skills training for student naturalists Floriferous [at] msn.com -----Original Message----- From: cohousing-l-bounces [at] cohousing.org [mailto:cohousing-l-bounces [at] cohousing.org]On Behalf Of Lynn Nadeau Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2004 11:06 PM To: cohousing L Subject: [C-L]_ decision circles Years ago, Rob Sandelin gave a very useful process workshop here at RoseWind. As a result, we added Discussion Circles (on issue-oriented matters, usually) and Sharing Circles (on feelings or personal matters, usually) to our repertory. Both have been useful, and discussion circles often happen a couple times a month. There was one other sort of circle, a Decision Circle. The idea was that there were decisions which were of interest only to a sub group and/or weren't big enough to need whole-group consensus. At the same time, they weren't clearly something that an individual or committee was empowered to do. The matter was to be posted and a time and place set for a Decision Circle. If you didn't show up for the circle, or convince some other attender to present your concern, you got to live with whatever was decided by those who did show up. At least that's my vague memory. Seems it could be a useful tool. If you have used this tool, what are your criteria? We have already decided that certain Really Big decision types are "class one": changing the governing documents, passing the annual budget, and such. But all others are "class two", meaning they go through process, but don't need a quorum present, and don't require ten days notice. Those are the decisions that need further winnowing here: which ones can be done by a Decision Circle? Defining eligible decisions. Any minimum number who can effect such a decision? Can one circle attender prevent such a decision? How much notice needs to be given? Is proxy input, like email, a factor is considering you have agreement? I assume it's required to report back to the whole group after the circle. What else? Lynn Nadeau, RoseWind Cohousing Port Townsend Washington (Victorian seaport, music, art, nature) http://www.rosewind.org http://www.ptguide.com http://www.ptforpeace.info (very active peace movement here- see our photo) _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
decision circles Lynn Nadeau, January 21 2004
- RE: decision circles Rob Sandelin, January 21 2004
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