Re: Question about Consent Governance
From: David Mencher (
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:54:32 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Chris,

In our Cohousing Israel project CHI (4+ years in the making) we have
learned that the most important part of a decision making process is making
sure that everyone is satisfied that their thoughts on the subject have
been heard.  Second in importance, but a close second, is proper
preparation for decision making, so that members can approach issues in an
educated, intelligent manner, avoiding (to a degree) gut reactions,
encouraging thoughtful consideration and discourse.

In our experience, requiring an objecting member to both explain the
objection and offer an alternative to the proposal helps keep discussions
on track.  I dont see how a members objection, if important enough to be
raised, can be considered "not valid".

David Mencher

On 17 July 2018 at 06:01, Chris Terbrueggen <christopher402 [at]>

>  Greetings, We are slowly developing our consent governance in one of our
> Linden Cohousing committees. There was an objection voiced by a member, who
> said a second committee member must support a member's objection for it to
> be a valid objection. They were concerned that one person would block the
> proposal. I would like to know if any cohousing communities require a
> second person's support at the committee level. Or, do you honor a single
> member's objection?  Do you work together to see if it's a valid objection
> based on the aim of the committee and find a solution to the objection?  Is
> there a way to merge the two ideas?
> We are new to the consent process. I am sure there is a learning curve
> present in this discussion. There may be personal perceptions of trusting a
> governance process that is new.  Maybe, it's being comfortable with Roberts
> Rules of Order, which requires a second for some decisions to be made.
> Thanks, Chris Terbrueggen
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