Re: Consensus, Majority Vote, "Blocks"
From: Dane Laverty (
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:49:58 -0700 (PDT)
Does the consensus process lend itself to sub-communities? For example, if a
cohousing community finds itself consistently split into factions on an
issue, does it ever happen that the community will divide in a way to let
each side have their decision among themselves? What I'm envisioning is a
sort of controlled fracture that allows those holding different values to
institute those values while still maintaining the overarching cohesion of
the community as a whole.


On Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 1:43 PM, Moz <list [at]> wrote:

> Racheli
> > I think that if the same person finds her/himself at a point
> > of blocking too  many times - it means that there is some
> > basic incompatibility at the level of shared values, and/or
> > on the level of perception what's in the best interest of
> > the community.  This means that they need to ask themselves
> > serious questions regarding whether they actually belong in
> > that particular group.
> Definitely this!
> In my case I found that I was holding a grudge about a particular
> decision, both the way it had been made and the outcome, and also
> about a couple of people in our group, mostly their behaviour but
> that started to feed into how I felt about them in general. I began
> to feel that the group processes were irrecoverably broken. Well,
> more accurately, the four of us eventually reached consensus that
> there was no way we could fix them... so we pulled out of the group.
> Moz
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