|The shelf life of decisions||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 19:21:29 -0700 (PDT)|
When a group makes a lot of decisions what can happen over time as new people move in then some of the decisions get sort of buried in the past. My own rule of thumb is that if an agreement does not get used for 3 years, it is worth questioning whether you need it or not. Some agreements become moot after you learn and experience things, so what you thought was an issue, really never becomes one. After 5 years, an unused agreement certainly should be reviewed since in almost all cohousing groups, 5 years represents a huge amount of new people. Groups grow and change. It is silly to hold one group of people to rules another group, many of whom no longer live amoung you, created back in ancient history. That is not to say that some agreements do not stand the test of time, some do. But at your five year community anniversary I suggest examing ALL your early agreements and spend your fifth year re-engaging your intentions and desires around how you want to live. Maybe every five years that is a good time frame to examine your agreements. I recall visiting a group who made an agreement about setting up their kitchen to be vegan friendly, with a bunch of special requirements for food prep. The one vegan, who apparantly insisting on this never actually moved in, and only a couple people remembered the agreement, and clearly none of the special food prep was being done. If, as a group, you are widely not aware of, or following your agreements, clearly you have some work do to. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood Community, Snohomish, WA Naturalist, Writer The Environmental Science School http://www.nonprofitpages.com/nica/SVE.htm ><((((º>`·..·`·..·`·...><((((º>...·`·..·`·...><((((º>.·`·..·`·...><((((º>.·` ·..·`·...><((((º>·.. ><((((º> ·`·..·`·...·..·`><((((º>.·`·..·`·...><((((º>.·`·..·`·...><((((º>..·`·..·`·.. .><((((º>·.. ·`·..·`·....·`·..·`·...><((((º> -- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.1.385 / Virus Database: 268.4.3/317 - Release Date: 4/18/2006
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