|Re: process steering committee questions||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Saoirse (ccharisearthlink.net)|
|Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 07:35:22 -0700 (PDT)|
We've gone to a "point person" system instead of continuing with teams. A person is responsible for a cluster of tasks (long process on sorting that out). They don't have to do the tasks themselves, but they are responsible for seeing that the task is accomplished, which in some cases means making sure it gets on the list for comm'ty work days. Some people in our comm'ty prefer to do tasks on their own time schedule, but we generally encourage people to work with at least one other person in order to enjoy the camaraderie that comes with working together. We have a "coordinating council," which works okay for the most part but does put a time/responsibility burden on the council members. And some people think it separates council from the rest of the comm'ty. We have way fewer meetings, which is what many people in the comm'ty wanted, but it also means we have less direct contact with each other in a meeting setting. Our hope was that people would connect with each other in more spontaneous and supportive and genuine ways if meetings were removed as the primary vehicle for that. Also, teams seemed to lack in attendance and commitment. It seemed like the same people making the decisions and doing the work over and over again, and the same people not showing up -- always for good reasons -- again and again. Instead of connecting us, I experienced it as dividing us. But as time has gone on, I have realized that we continue to struggle with these issues related to "volunteer labor" and we will probably continue to do so. If I were doing it over, I would spend more time teaching every single member of the comm'ty about the consensus process until it was "second nature" to everyone. I agree with Rob Sandelin who has said that good consensus requires participation. Also, we used cohousing professionals and a design charette to help us design the common house. Very effective. When we had teams they were empowered via an agreement with the comm'ty we called "standards and criteria." This agreement set out the mission for the team, the scope of their responsibility, and the parameters of their decision-making. Good luck! Saoirse -- Harmony Village Cohousing Golden, Colorado http://www.harmonyvillage.org
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