Re: Quorums/Reopening decisions
From: tamgoddess (
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 21:23:45 -0700 (PDT)
Ah!â??which brings me to a point I neglected to make. It doesn't really matter 
what happens in meetings, or it shouldn't. The vast majority of work on 
proposals and decisions gets done outside of meetings. By the time it gets to a 
meeting, everyone should have had a chance to talk about it with someone 
individually, if they have concerns.

Meetings are really about making sure everyone's on the same page.

 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: Kevin Wolf <kevin [at]>
> N Street Cohousing doesn't have a quarum requirement.  We just allow 
> two weeks after a decision is posted for someone in the community to 
> object in which case it is considered a block of consensus and then 
> follows that process.  A blocked consensus requires a meeting every 
> two weeks for up to three months between the person(s) blocking and 
> representatives of the consensus position.  If after the six 
> meetings, consensus hasn't been reached, the community will vote with 
> a 75% supermajority winning.  In 18 years of having this process, we 
> have yet to get past two blocked consensus meetings before consensus 
> is reached. We have never voted.  And it is rare that someone blocks 
> consensus on a meeting which they did not attend and didn't like the 
> results.
> Kevin
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