|RE: Environmental values||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 21:36:27 -0800 (PST)|
One of the ways to clarify values is to define them in terms of actions. Measuring, doable things that people either sign up to do or not. For example, you could brainstorm up a list of actions that show Caring for the environment, then have people commit to them by putting there name next to the action that they are willing to do and be held accountable for. You give people a set of tiny sticky notes, and have them write their name on them. For example, one such action might be recycle my paper and glass. On that posted item people who are willing to do that place their name sticky. I have also done this with different colors for support and non-support, so for example a green sticky means yes I will do this, a red sticky means no, I will not. You can find all kinds of sticky notes, tab stickers and such at Office depot, or other such stores. Another action would be, not owning a car. Again this might not be highly supported, but you will readily see this by the commitment stickies. You can do this in a shelter scale format by not having names show up, but paper slips, with yes or no on them. You can then tally the results by color markers to make a graph that shows support or non-support which does not identify any individual. I think this is less powerful but it shows the community clearly where people stand in terms of the actions. Then sort through the list of actions that have the most support and those become your community value of, Caring for the environment. You can also set this up so that values are not mandatory, but reflect the will of the community. In this way, if one or two people out of the community are not willing to do the action and be held accountable they are simply standing aside, but they will clearly see, by the number of names involved, that the action itself is a community value. You will also see actions which are clearly not well supported, and these are not community values, but personal ones, which of course can also be supported and admired, but the majority will choose not to be held accountable to them. Being held accountable should be a personal statement of acceptance, not an invitation to nag or judge those who do not follow through. Rob Sandelin -----Original Message----- From: Maggi Rohde [mailto:maggi [at] intranet.org] Sent: Saturday, March 12, 2005 6:03 PM To: Developing cohousing - collaborative housing communities Subject: [C-L]_ Environmental values Our community is beginning to consider our values surrounding environmental concerns. We had a successful weekend retreat in which we made a list of our values, but although "caring for the environment" was on the list, we are having trouble nailing down exactly what this means. I am interested to hear what other communities have done to identify common environmental values. Thanks! -Maggi Rohde Touchstone Cohousing, Ann Arbor, MI _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ -- No virus found in this incoming message. Checked by AVG Anti-Virus. Version: 7.0.308 / Virus Database: 266.7.2 - Release Date: 3/11/2005 -- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Anti-Virus. Version: 7.0.308 / Virus Database: 266.7.2 - Release Date: 3/11/2005
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