|Re: Quorums/Reopening decisions||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 11:22:35 -0700 (PDT)|
Over time your decision making evolves because you will be making different kinds of decisions at different times of your communities existence. When you are in cohousing construction mode you will probably be served best by a lower quorum (say 25-40%) since your membership may shift making it difficult to get a large percentage at any given meeting. And you will perhaps need to make decisions on a deadline, and so not having a quorum can screw this up. Also in this building time having a clear path of resistance to random undoing of decisions may save you lots of headaches and problems, so having a redo percentage of 30% might serve you well. As you live together for awhile, your decision making needs change, and the types of decisions you make are different. Also HOW you end up making decisions has a lot to do with how much of a quorum you need or how much energy goes into redoing things. If you have lots of group trust, small quorums and no redo restrictions work fine. For example a decision such as, what time should we serve community dinner, is easy to change, and will reflect the needs of the dinner eaters. If one third of your community does not participate in eating dinners, then they have much less stake than those who do, thus a quorum is not a very useful concept, unless it is a quorum of dinner eaters. However, should 3 people out of 50 determine something which does not meet the needs of the remaining 47, then you will definitely be redoing that decision, and so making redoing decisions easy makes sense. At Sharingwood any decision can be reviewed at almost any meeting should anyone ask to do so. It does not happen very often, nor do decision get changed randomly at will, it takes a compelling reason to get the group to agree to modify a decision and if anything, we don't review our previous decisions as often as we might. Should one person, or a small group continually show the pattern of wanting to redo all sorts of decisions then you have some different problems. In general, most decisions you make once you live together are about the ways you want to live together, and these things probably want to be very adaptable, you want to try them on for awhile, see how they work, then modify the parts that seem to have new needs. This is known as adaptive management, and it works well with communities in many cases. It is reasonable to expect that decisions can and will change, and thus any decision made that deals with life together sorts of issues will change down the road. Obviously where you create a garden or other infrastructural sorts of things are much harder to change and should have a different approach, but after awhile these things will be few and far between. There are many ways to make decisions as a group, and in my experience the systems that have lots of communication avenues prior to large group discussion seem to work the best. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood Community, Snohomish County, 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: 7.1.408 / Virus Database: 268.13.16/504 - Release Date: 10/27/2006
- Quorums/Reopening decisions Nikki Sachs, October 26 2006
Results generated by Tiger Technologies Web hosting using MHonArc.