|EQUITY PARTNERS & DECISIONS IN COMMITTEES||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Linda Gluck/Treehouse (treehousenetstep.net)|
|Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 07:47:50 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi all, Our community-in-formation is struggling to draft our membership structure. The question of whether only Equity Partners should participate in decision rounds has inspired strong controversy. After lots of exchange, we have managed to agree that full group decisions should only be made by Equity Partners, mainly because they are taking the financial risk. Now the question is - What happens in committees? Is decision-making reserved for EPs there also? In very active committee work, each participant takes on particular issues: does the research, legwork, and thinking about a particular question and makes a summary report to committee. That person is the best informed. Shouldn't they be part of decision round even if they are not an EP? If there's only one EP in a committee of 6, is it sensible for that one person to make all committee decisions? One idea we had was to then take that whole committee decision to the General Meeting, where only EPs would make the final decision. So EPs would be guaranteed the last word. But that can become cumbersome to the point of paralysis. In a busy committee, 8 or 10 small decisions may be made at one meeting, which will allow work to proceed. If those have to be ratifed in General Meeting, then work is interrupted. When dealing with land purchase details, planning board schedules, coordination between professionals and such, the decision can't wait. What to do? Linda Gluck Ulster County Cohousing
- EQUITY PARTNERS & DECISIONS IN COMMITTEES Linda Gluck/Treehouse, September 21 2004
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