Re: Backup procedure for decisions
From: Fred H Olson (
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 10:25:35 -0700 (PDT)
Diane Simpson, JP Cohousing, Boston Massachusetts <daveanddee [at]>
is the author of the message below.
It was posted by Fred the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at]>
after removing the long document to a web page.

Note that I am experimenting with doing this and need to develop a
streamlined procedure for doing so. Such documents are accessible via
the <a href="";>Cohousing-L References</a> web page.
Which can be reached from the Info page - whose URL is at the bottom of
every message.

Note that an advantage of doing it this way is that noone quotes the long
document in a reply :)  Not sure if it is a net gain.   Fred
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Hi Tom,
You will need a backup procedure no matter how well you think consensus
works going into this process. Consensus works very well for simple
decisions or for decisions in which you have a lot of time to craft a
proposal. It works horribly for decisions like "What twenty-five items
shall we cut out of the budget?" or "Which shall be our primary goal:
affordability, handicapped accessibilty, diversity, sustainability, or
preserving open space?" In development you face a lot of complex
decisions that are thrown at you all at once. I would choose "door
number three." Below is < a link to >
 our condominium decision-making process which
borrowed heavily from Cambridge Cohousing when we started out. Now I am
passing this knowledge on to you. I hope you will read it carefully and
discuss it in your group.

Best of luck!
--Diane Simpson
   JP Cohousing, Boston Massachusetts
On Sun, 9 Jul 2006 20:06:15, Tom Hammer wrote:

> From: Tom Hammer <thammer302 [at]>
> Subject: [C-L]_ Backup procedure for decisions, and developers &
>       bankers
> To: cohousing-l [at]
> Our esteemed consultant, Ann Zabaldo, has instructed
> our group to write a prospectus to give to potential
> developers to help us in finding a developer who would
> be willing to work with a cohousing group such as
> ours--in an area of the country where cohousing is not
> well known.<snip>
> or
> 3) Do we stablish a true backup procedure such as 2/3
> majority vote and write it into our internal
> documents, and that way we can be totally truthful to
> a potential developer and bank? Then we would be bound
> to possibly using that backup procedure (and
> apparently, crippling the consensus building process
> during important decisions.)
> Tom Hammer
> for Concord Village

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