Re: A Glimps of Cohousing in 2060
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 13:19:29 -0800 (PST)
On Jan 5, 2015, at 6:38 PM, Carol Agate <carolagate [at]> wrote:

> What if it’s always the same few people who block? 

I expanded on the post I wrote this morning and posted it on the website. It may have some useful ideas:

I heard more about this problem when I was at the conference at Cornerstone. 
For others, it is an entrenched small group that doesn't seem to participate 
other than coming in at the end and objecting. 

I think you have to bite the bullet and say we don't have a common aim. We 
can't use consensus decision-making.

I think more decisions should be made on the basis of the aim of the specific 
decision, not universal values that are probably so vague it's like proving a 
negative. Value statements I've seen will stretch to about anything or are so 
vague it's impossible to use them to support any decision.

Getting consent to the aim up front before developing the proposal might help 
but you are probably already doing this. 

Raise hell with people who don't keep up with the development of the proposal. 
I think raising hell gets too little attention sometimes.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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