email etiquette
From: Malcolm Eva (
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:25:36 -0800 (PST)
Hello all

Thanks again for your responses to this thread over the last few weeks.  
Ironically I had to miss our meeting on the subject, but heard from various 
sources afterwards that it was a very-well facilitated session with, as you'd 
expect, quite a wide range of views. Your input to it was appreciated.

Here is a brief extract from the notes afterwards.

What will be interesting will be to see if in 2 years' time the behaviour has 
changed significantly. Mostly it's good now, and I don't expect that to change, 
but will the occasional firestorm still happen?  And will everyone still be on 
board or will some come off email for discussion?

Malcolm (Springhill, UK)
> Purpose:
> To establish clarity and purpose and new vision for email use in Cohousing. 
> The outcome of the meeting is for all email group users and non email group 
> users to have a space to be heard and to contribute to a new approach to the 
> use of email in Cohousing. 
> Outcome:
> The social  and business  email groups were the focus of meeting. 
> The following possible visions and supporting values for each email group are 
> for people to have a go at:
> The possible vision statements for the social  email group are:
> Stay connected - it gets better
> Connect, inform, help
> Values identified:
> Respectful, thoughtfulness, factual, generosity, responsible, honest, good 
> humour, openness, helpful, kindness, 
> The possible vision statements for the business email group are:
> Communicating towards consensus 
> Working towards consensus
> Courageous communication towards consensus
> Is it true? Is it kind? Is it helpful? Is it for everyone?
> Altruistic not individualistic
> Values identified:
> Respectful, clarity, caring, creativity, co-operative, inclusive, civility, 
> courage, supportive, practical, thoughtfulness, factual, generosity, 
> responsible, honest, good humour, openness, helpful, kindness, appreciative, 
> acknowledging, gratitude
> Interesting questions that came out:
> How would an observer outside the community sum up the community by just 
> reading the emails?
> Why doesn’t everyone use the emails - only a minority use it?
> How do we include everyone in decisions?
> Do we need both email groups?

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