|Re: EQUITY PARTNERS & DECISIONS IN COMMITTEES||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: coho (cohotheworld.com)|
|Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 10:39:32 -0700 (PDT)|
Hello: Jamaica Plain Cohousing in Boston MA requires that committees be chaired by equity partners and have a majority of equity partners. It's worked well for three years and we're now six months from move-in. Dave Nathan > 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 > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > >
- EQUITY PARTNERS & DECISIONS IN COMMITTEES Linda Gluck/Treehouse, September 21 2004
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