|OCC decision process [was: RE: Consider Sociocracy||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 05:56:07 -0700 (PDT)|
eileen mccourt <emccourt [at] CHARTER.NET> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after removing the long document and putting it with the Cohousing-L References web pages. See below. Fred -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Hi Ann and all (and as for how I am, I am adjusting to cohousing through large doses of disillusion and cold hard reality that I think is emerging into a community!) The Oak Creek Commons (OCC) Decision Making Process can be found at: http://l.cohousing.org/occ-dcid.htm Sorry the doc is so long - it includes the process, definition of terms and notes to help facilitators, all of which were part of obtaining agreement to try this out for six months. We have one more month to go. This was put together in a step by step process. Terms and definitions were approved first, then the process itself, and each step had thorough discussion. We had several facilitated Non-Violent Communication sessions with Bob Metz and a 2 day retreat with Paul DeLapa, paid for by the community. Putting it all together, I take back my statement that it is not as complicated as Sociocracy! (some of the definitions should be footnoted; I think at least some them came from a small book on consensus - can't remember the name and author). Since implementing this, we have completed a perimeter fence, internal fences, established landscape guidelines, are closing in on creating an Architectural Review Process, are starting to talk about how to spend the remainder of our profit share and have established a stronger board of directors. All of these issues were extremely thorny and at an impasse before the process was adopted. As you can see, how to vote is left vague. This was somewhat deliberate, since we could not really envision voting, and decided it would be easier to decide exactly what to do (how long for notices, proxies, etc.) in the event that a vote is needed. We have had a couple of situations since this agreement where a person was blocking, and the people at the business meeting agreed unanimously to go ahead in the face of the objection. The objector accepted this as a valid process. Both of these situations related to who could best serve the community on a committee requiring certain specific skills. This was discussed openly at the meetings. The Oak Creek Commons (OCC) Decision Making Process can be found at: http://l.cohousing.org/occ-dcid.htm
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