Re: What Is Process?
From: R Philip Dowds (
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:21:42 -0800 (PST)
I certainly agree that there is a difference between process and content.  And 
that the process you choose can influence or even pre-determine the outcome.

But ...

Do you try to tailor your process to the issue at hand, inventing and adopting 
new methods for each new controversy?


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On Jan 15, 2013, at 2:40 PM, "Coleen O'Connell" <oconnellcoleen [at]> 

> At Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage, we need to make a decision about taking
> down a tree.  We all love the tree, and we intended to keep it, but our
> site plan didn't plan well for it and it ended up in the construction zone,
> has been compromised, and now a house is about to be built within its
> dripline.  But still some want to save it.   We met last weekend to come up
> with the Process for making the decision.  We spent half an hour hammering
> out the process, so that we can actually make the decision from following
> that process.  So yes, I think there is a distinction between process and
> decision making.  The process used in a meeting has many outcomes:
> information sharing, polling, reporting, decision making.  The same
> process can bring you to all of these or different processes might be used
> depending on the outcome.  We determined what felt like a fair process to
> use to come to the decision.
> There is a difference between process and decision making.  The latter is
> just one outcome of a process.

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