|Question about selection/election processes||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: juva (juvacomcast.net)|
|Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2009 10:22:58 -0800 (PST)|
We here at CoHo Ecovillage in Corvallis Oregon have been living in our physical community a little over two years, and some of us have been building this community for 10 years. The first 7-8 years we used a regular election process for officers. The last several years we have used sociocratic selection process for elections. The first process would take us months to get an election done. The sociocratic has been much more efficient but neither necessarily got us the people for the positions that has the skills needed. We on the facilitation team are seeking to improve our process of selections. One idea is to emphasize the skills more. We had consented on the skilled needed previously but not re-consented each time. That might help but we are finding that some members of the community still are not enjoying the sociocratic process. In particular the paramount objection part. The concern is having to say why we would have an objection about a person’s skill in front of the whole community. The concern I have heard around this is that the individual may feel shamed or defensive. Some are concerned it would make living with them difficult. We are a community that uses NVC, each member takes a 13 week class. So, NVC is familiar and we help each other get to the feels/needs if an individual has difficulty expressing this way. In spite of this, the whole idea of paramount objection still is difficult for some. We have discussed the idea of good enough (doesn’t have to be the BEST person, just good enough). This also hasn’t helped some. So now we are again looking and this process, will have a community meeting focused on the selection/election process. I am hoping to gather idea’s, do some reading ect before hand. Any suggestions. Thanks! Juva – CoHo Ecovillage/Corvallis Oregon
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