Re: participation in decision making
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:04:20 -0800 (PST)
On Jan 7, 2015, at 10:33 AM, Emilie Parker <emilie.v.parker [at]> 

> At Louisville Artists
> Cohousing in Colorado we are just one year old. So mostly we've been
> becoming legal, and getting an architect, property and developer, board of
> directors, non-profit status, bylaws, etc.  We need to find someone in our
> group who can begin an intentional effort to build how we live together in
> our community.  

I suggest working with a sociocracy trainer and using sociocratic governance. 
It's a collaborative governance system that is well-tested and based on 
consensus decision-making. It's not only excellent but infinitely superior to 
recreating the wheel. And it is more than a decision-making method; its a full 
organization organizing system.

Most communities don't have a governance system that is designed to reinforce 
consensus decision-making so it is effective.

I have asked Jerry Koch-Gonzales to pick up this thread (because I'm posting 
too much already). He will be doing a workshop at the conference and arranged 
and led the workshop at Cornerstone this fall.

For more info:
Sharon Villines, Washington DC
"Behavior is determined by the prevailing form of decision making." Gerard 

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