Re: The reverse of one person blocking consensus
From: R Philip Dowds (
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2012 23:33:46 -0700 (PDT)
At Cornerstone, it takes a minimum of three households to join in making a 
proposal that is eligible for time at Plenary (General Meeting of the whole).  
If there are objections to that proposal, both proponents and opponents are 
supposed to meet to resolve the objection prior to the next Plenary; either the 
proposal is amended, or the objectors are mollified in some other way.  Or not.

We've never had a situation where the same proposal keeps coming back and 
failing for the same reason.  The problem we have more often is that proposals 
never get made or discussed because the likelihood of failure, or unpleasant 
interactions, seems too high.

R Philip Dowds
Cornerstone Cohousing
175 Harvey Street, Unit 5
Cambridge, MA 02140

On Jun 6, 2012, at 11:19 PM, David Heimann wrote:

> Hello All,
>       There has been a great deal of discussion and information about 
> how to address things when one person blocks consensus.  I would like some 
> information about the reverse situation -- how to address the situation 
> where one person keeps bringing up a given issue/proposal?
> Thanks,
> David Heimann
> JP Cohousing
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