|Re: Consensus decision making with and without a voting override provision||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Craig Ragland (craigraglandgmail.com)|
|Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 19:18:25 -0700 (PDT)|
Here Here Joani! My opinion is that more effective cohousing groups using consensus do delegate LOTS of decision-making - especially ones requiring detailed study and understanding. I believe a common misunderstanding about consensus is that ALL decisions MUST involve EVERYBODY in decision-making process. When individuals and sub-groups are appropriately empowered, they increase their effectiveness as they create plans that are both (1) consistent with their mandate and (2) that truly serve the broader group - including those with minority views. Craig On Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 6:49 PM, Joani Blank <joani [at] swansway.com> wrote: > > Friends, > > Here's part of an email exchange I had with Tim Mensch about his > recent post on this subject: > > A good agenda or steering committee will only put on the table/agenda > for general community meetings, items of some significance that > really need community buy-in to be effective. In the example you > gave (leaky roof damaging some of the common property), a committee > (Maintenance, perhaps) can have blanket authorization in advance to > arrange a repair in such an emergency. > > Here at Swan's Market Cohousing (Oakland, CA), individuals and > committees are authorized (by consensus) to make decisions about all > manner of things after there has been an opportunity in the general > community meeting for a variety of views on the proposal to be > presented, and sometimes a straw vote to get the "sense of the > meeting." This seems to work fine, giving everyone who has an > opinion, a chance to have their say on the matter (and to be > respectfully heard), and not tying the whole community up on matters > where it really doesn't matter if one or two people object, even > strongly object, to what will probably be the decision made by the > individual or committee that's been authorized to make that decision. > > Joani > > Joani Blank > land line : 510-834-7399 (preferred) > cell: 510-387-1315 > Swan's Market Cohousing. > > P Save Trees ...please don't print this e-mail unless you really need to. > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > > -- Craig Ragland Coho/US executive director http://www.cohousing.org craig [at] cohousing.org Please try email first, include your phone number (w/time zone) - or give me a call: 425-487-3550 (Pacific)... communicate!
Consensus decision making with and without a voting override provision Joani Blank, August 4 2008
- Re: Consensus decision making with and without a voting override provision Craig Ragland, August 4 2008
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