|Question about Trust||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Martha Wagner (wordbizpdxgmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:24:44 -0800 (PST)|
Don: When I asked about how your community works to build trust I was wondering if, in addition to various group activities your community has, you also have had trainings, such as NVC (Non-Violent Communication) or Compassionate Listening. I believe that some communities have found communication trainings to be very valuable. I'd be interested to hear about that. What level of participation might be necessary to have a significant impact? Martha Wagner Columbia Ecovillage Portland, OR Martha I would not want to put a stake in the ground assessing the level of collaborativeness of our culture. We did however recognize the difference between consensus decision making and consensus culture, have named it and begun to develop practices that are strengthening our social fabric and contributing to the quality of our decisions. A few of them include 1. Our HOA meets monthly, we have monthly work parties that include a community lunch and we have a meal club that has many of us coming tother to eating and engage for as many as 9 meals a month, etc. 2. We have a process to prepare proposals for presentation to the HOA that includes a. Naming the proposal, overall desired outcome, champion and liaison to the HOA planning team b. The Liaison and the HOA planning team must agree that the champion is ready before allocating time on the meeting, and that may include several presentations over time c. Ready includes adequate previous engagement with community members and clear identification of outcome. Outcomes could include obtaining consensus, getting initial feedback about the issue or alternative solutions, getting others to participate in the initiative, sharing information about the alternatives, etc. 3. Preparation for a period of time on an HOA agenda often includes scheduled open invitations for people to informally gather around meals, coffee, etc, to talk about the subject during the month, to begin to understand that there are many points of view and that they are all valid and deserve to be considered in getting to a result. Each HOA may include an announcement of progress and ongoing invitation to engage. The team that manages the HOA agenda is continually evaluating our progress, the quality and effectiveness of our HOA meetings. SO there is probably more that I do not remember in the moment and will be more as we continue to learn from ourselves and the other cultures, mentioned by Wayne and others. The ongoing spiraling between I and we cultures provides great opportunity to see themes and differences, particularly for those who are open to learning from history. And, Martha, we have our PDX CoHo group that meets quarterly. There is still time to put this topic on the agenda for out next meeting. The desired outcome of that group is to learn from others. Don Benson 503.296.7249 Martha Wagner writing/editing/proofreading www.marthawagner.com http://www.linkedin.com/in/marthawagner (503) 319-3353
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