|Re: consensus blocking||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Richart Keller (richart.kellergmail.com)|
|Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2013 07:31:16 -0700 (PDT)|
I would suggest looking at the Resident Guidelines of Tierra Nueva Cohousing--available as a download from their web site. The best I've encountered. I agree that "blocking" should really be viewed as objection rather than as "concrete blocks". The injector really has a responsibility to hear and acknowledge the concerns which engendered the proposal and to work with others to find an acceptable alternative. The proposers also have a responsibility to present clearly the problem to be solved and explain how the proposal would resolve it. A durable and successful resolution really has 3 goals: 1) a useful product, 2) to respect and/or improve the decision process, and 3) to maintain and/or strengthen relationships. My experience is that in such cases, repeated rounds do not promote sensitive listening or improved understanding but rather increase the level of frustration and a feeling of being "railroaded"... You are certainly faced with a difficult and frustrating situation which sounds like it has multiple dimensions. A long-term solution which strengthens the sense of community may require more time and greater discernment than the proposal itself would seem to warrant. Its important but often not easy for a community to recognize this. Maybe a more viable approach would be delegating a small carefully chosen group to work with the objector and come back to the larger group with a proposal. Does your community have a mission/vision/values statement which would be helpful? In community. Rick Keller On Sep 9, 2013 7:15 AM, "Fern Selzer" <fernselzer [at] cruzio.com> wrote: > > > I know this topic has been around before, but our community is > experiencing frequent blocking by an individual who explains it in > terms of her own wants and needs, not the needs of the community. We > have been working around this and it has been taking a lot of extra > time and creating frustrations in our attempts to make decisions. > Yes, consensus takes extra time, but when one person predictably > blocks almost every proposal unless it doesn't affect her at all, our > community is wanting to clarify the "blocking" choice in our decision > making. > > I am asking for direction from any groups who have clear (written) > policies about how to handle blocking or determine whether the block > is legitimate when a group is getting bogged down with a lot of > blocking. Could you please send this part of your policy to me, or > tell me where to find it if it's posted somewhere? > > I am familiar with the article on blocking on the cohousing website > and our community has already worked a lot on this, including > professional facilitation, now, we are trying to develop a policy. > Thanks to any one who can help us in developing our guidelines. > > Fern Selzer > New Brighton Cohousing > Aptos, CA > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > >
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