|Re: Request for your Blocking Procedure||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 05:04:36 -0700 (PDT)|
drmaryann49 [at] mac.com is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> because it contained two pdf attachments. Cohousing-L does not distribute attachments. I pasted the contents of the shorter one at the end of this message. The longer one ( 8 pages , 128 K bytes) is at http://l.cohousing.org/Consensus_Process.pdf -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Here are the relevant pages from our Policy/Procedure manual. If you're interested in the entire manual we have it for sale on our website ( http://www.manzanitavillage.com/ ) for a nominal fee. A Guide to Consensus Meetings The culture of consensus is different from the decision-making model most of us have used because the goal is for all participants to consent to the decisions of the group rather than decide by majority rule. The facilitator plays a major role in integrating the contributions of all members present. By searching for strands of possible agreement, the group members are contributors in the effort to weave together everyone's unique contribution. To accomplish this goal, facilitators and participants can find a win/win outcome by: o Being agreement-biased and looking for possible bridges and interconnections between seemingly divergent opinions and approaches. o Maintaining neutrality around charged issues and engaging in a fair discussion of the issues regardless of personal feelings on the topic. o Sticking to the approved agenda. Sometimes unplanned topics or strong emotions arise that deserve attention. These may be noted by the facilitators, keepers of the heart or participants. When this happens, the facilitator makes a determination or calls a time out in order to decide whether the community will be served by an exploration of these charged emotions at this particular moment.
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