Re: Great moments in consensus
From: David Heimann (
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 14:19:13 -0800 (PST)

Hi Kay,

Actually, "concessions" are indeed part of gaining consensus. I know we've settled a number of difficult consensus decisions by making concessions to one or more of the dissident households.

Even with concessions, however, it's still an amazing accomplishment that the Senate Democrats were able to carry out, and I'd still like to know how they were able to do it!

(David Heimann, JP Cohousing)

Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2009 12:59:12 -0800
From: "Kay Wilson Fisk" <kwwilson [at]>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Great moments in consensus
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How did they do it?

I think it's called "concessions" - like the senator from ND who got a big
tax break for his constituents written into the bill in exchange for his
vote (while the other 49 states pay their share). I'm not sure this is going
to work for cohousing.

Bartimaeus Cohousing

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Hello Everyone,

            Congratulations to the Senate Democrats!  Just think of the some
of the controversial issues cohousers have to deal with.  We have more than
enough difficulty getting some 12 (small) to 40 (large) households to
consensus, where we have far more basic agreement to start with than did the
Senate Democrats.  They needed to get 60 people to consensus on a set of far
more controversial issues than we've ever had to face.  Someone needs to
write up their story for inspiration to cohousing groups everywhere!

Bemusing on "how in the world did they do it",

"I Make Numbers Talk"*
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