Re: What Is Process?
From: Don Benson (
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:59:55 -0800 (PST)
Using Sam Kaner's guide to process design and facilitation, there are several, 
not mutually exclusive goals including
- Validating the framing of the issue
- Sharing information
- advancing the thinking 
- Improving communication
- Building community
- Obtaining input
- Considering alternatives
- Making decisions which could be to do something or not do anything

Don Benson

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

On Jan 14, 2013, at 5:43 PM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]> 

> On Jan 14, 2013, at 5:40 PM, Don Benson <benson6451 [at]> wrote:
>> 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. 
> I asking a specific question based on a perception by one of our members that 
> there is a difference between "process" and "decision-making" in cohousing 
> membership meetings. Is this a distinction that makes sense to others.
> In discussing the fate of our kiosk, the facilitator asked if people had any 
> suggestions about what process might help us make this decision. The response 
> from one person was "this isn't a process, It's a decision."
> Does anyone understand that distinction? (I don't.)
> This is an on the ground in a meeting -- how do we proceed question.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines, Historic Takoma Park, Washington DC
> "Behavior is determined by the prevailing form of decision making." Gerard 
> Endenburg
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