Re: What Is Process?
From: Wayne Tyson (
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:24:27 -0800 (PST)
Don and others interested:

I'd go even farther without going as far. So-called "primitive" societies such as the pre-contact Polynesians and some Native American groups had the issue of how to get along with each other quite well worked out long before so-called "civilizations" adopted hierarchical control, and many such groups still retain much of that social heritage even today. I have had direct experience with the Hopi people and the "Pueblo" peoples in the American Southwest. Cohousers could do worse than to read about how those folks have handled cohousing long before it became what it was in Denmark around fifty years ago and what it has become today. Ruth Benedict and Dorothy Lee are just two authors who have studied and written very clearly on the subject, and I believe that I have suggested Laura Nader's work on conflict resolution in Mexican villages in previous posts.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Don Benson" <benson6451 [at]>
To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2013 2:40 PM
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ What Is Process?

Again it appears to me that you are wanting to collapse the discussion of process to a particular type of event (decision making) and group (community) to the gathering or meeting of the group for the purposes of making a decision.

The work of Sam Kaner the Faciltators Guide to Participator Decision Making (second edition) recognizes that there are many types of groups, and groups in various stages of consciousness, or homogeneity, or maturity, and reasons for a group to get together, in the moment or over time, before and after making a decisions, and that one process does not fit for every reason, decision type or group. The work of Billie Alban and Barbara Bunker, by Tom Atlee, edited by Peggy Holman, written by Marv Weisbord, and others also recognize the larger differences that need to be recognized in the context and addressed in the identification of a desired outcome (result) and the selection of an appropriate process, to keep from making the assumption that one size (process) fits all.

Each of the many processes has an advocate. The challenge is to become a smarter facilitator, clearer about group desired outcomes, in order to make an appropriate selection from a large collection of process options.

Don Benson

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness. (Thomas Jefferson 1788)

On Jan 14, 2013, at 1:17 PM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]> wrote:

On Jan 14, 2013, at 4:00 PM, Don Benson <benson6451 [at]> wrote:

Process is Much more than a decision.

I meant process as used in groups. A process that moves one toward a decision

Why does one use various techniques in group processes if not to produce a result.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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