|Re: Disputes Committtee||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Bonnie Fergusson (fergyb2yahoo.com)|
|Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 14:30:26 -0800 (PST)|
Dear David, Our Group Process Committeee is the one that specializes in making sure we keep good process and that disputes don't get out of hand. We have about 6 people on that committee, all folks who have taken group facilitation training and who have shown skills in this area. This committee is in charge of making sure the HOA meetings are facilitated well and that there is a place to take communication concerns or disputes. If an outside mediator was needed this committee would probably come to the HOA meeting and propose that we hire some specific person and the final decision to do so would be a whole group one. Usually this is not necessary, as most disputes can be managed by the group process committee itself. We encourage ongoing training and education in group facilitation and concensus decision making and good commmunication skills. We have occasional (once a month or so, recently) wine and cheese events, or potlucks, for the whole community (in practice for whoever shows up) where we listen to an audiotape on one of these topics, and then discuss them. We recently decided to purchase a set on communication that we like, with a view to using it this way. Sometimes we sponsor workshops or hire outside trainers to come in for a day or half day. There's an ongoing committment to improving the whole communities communication skills which the group process committee monitors. When things get sticky, we remind folks, hopefully diplomatically, about good communications practices and our process agreements. That's usually all that is necessary. Sometimes we make process suggestions at HOA meetings or revisit issues where problems occured. The most important thing I think is to have a group whose official primary responsibility is to think well long term about the group communication issues and encourage community education. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Bonnie Fergusson Swan's Market Cohousing Oakland, CA __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Mail - 250MB free storage. Do more. Manage less. http://info.mail.yahoo.com/mail_250
Disputes Committtee David, December 6 2004
- Re: Disputes Committtee Bonnie Fergusson, December 6 2004
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