|Objection Versus Extortion||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: R Philip Dowds (rpdowdscomcast.net)|
|Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 18:09:15 -0700 (PDT)|
Here's an interesting consensus / blocking dynamic that has emerged at our community: Group One proposes A and B. Person X thinks that A is unnecessary, and B is actually harmful. Person X blocks the proposal. Whether Person X is of sound reasoning and good intent is sometimes debatable. But in our Cornerstone consensus system, Person X has filed a legitimate objection — one of power, and needing respectful treatment. But now Group Two proposes C and D. Neither Person X, nor anyone else in the community, has any significant objection to C and D. However, Person X is upset that the Group Two proposal does not also include E. And until and unless E is included, Person X will continue blocking C and D. And maybe also F & G as well. In this second example, I would say we are not seeing a legitimate objection. We are seeing extortion. It's like Congress: I will thwart your education funding until you agree to pay for my bridge to nowhere. This dynamic leaves me feeling unsettled. Is this really OK for coho consensus? I would argue that if Person X has no gripe with C and D, s/he should up-thumb it. This would be intellectually and ethically honest, and permits the community to proceed with something everyone finds valuable. And then if Person X still feels strongly about getting E as well, the s/he should form Group Three, and develop his/her own proposal for same. Comments? Thanks. R Philip Dowds AIA Cornerstone Cohousing 175 Harvey Street, Unit 5 Cambridge, MA 02140 617.354.6094
. Re: Consensus, Majority Vote, "Blocks" R.N. Johnson, October 18 2011
- Objection Versus Extortion R Philip Dowds, October 18 2011
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