Re: Emergency powers?
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 05:15:57 -0800 (PST)
On 1 Feb 2012, at 9:00 PM, Mary Ann Clark wrote:

> We also have a process for calling an emergency meeting of the community (a 
> plenary). Amazingly once we had a procedure in place "emergencies" quit 
> happening ;-)

Can you say more about this?

Our decision-making policy received much criticism before we "revised" it, then 
they stopped.

But the revision changed nothing. We added some examples (extremely helpful to 
people) and clarified some language. No fundamental changes in process or 
requirements. Suddenly it worked for everyone.

Perhaps it was the line by line reading and discussing word by word — which 
some also tried to get stopped — that helped the naysayers understand it. More 
likely, I think it focused them and required them to think about what they 
would change. Here's your opportunity — how would you do it better? They 

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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