|Can We Live Without Hierarchy?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Judith Bush (jbushtogether.net)|
|Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2015 07:48:59 -0700 (PDT)|
Stephanie wrote: A cohousing community that relies only on consensus and committees can end up NOT accomplishing critical actions such as evaluating the physical plant, minding insurance issues to protect the cohousing population, establishing a dues collection policy, requiring contracts and supervision when hiring firms to work on site, periodically issuing a financial statement, etc. These are difficult matters that the committees may never bring to the board; the issues remain invisible ? until a major incident occurs. A few years ago, some residents at Cobb Hill Cohousing in Hartland, VT noticed (well, were bugged by) things that were falling through the cracks, needing attention, etc. A three person Community Business Team (CBT) was proposed and established. It is not a new committee per their preference, but a team of people willing to meet, draw the community's attention to something that needs to be done, and - most important - suggesting the right pathway to accomplish it. CBT does not take on the work. Note: despite the term "business", this is not the Finance/Legal Committee of the community. The CBT has been very effective, not through wielding power but by exercising the power of noticing and bringing things to the attention of the community. It has been a great addition to the committee structures and working norms already in place at Cobb Hill. Judith Bush
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- Re: Can We Live Without Hierarchy? Kathryn McCamant, July 30 2015
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