Re: Question about Consent Governance
From: Philip Dowds (
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:52:33 -0700 (PDT)
At Cornerstone, the objection over-ride we have is a super-majority vote (at 
least 75% of households participating) — but it’s not to be used until after 
most everybody feels that all the opportunities for resolving the objection 
have been exhausted.  Indeed, it is hardly ever used, like maybe once every 
year and a half or so.  Out of three occurrences since 2013, I was the lone 
objector hold-out for two, and as I was expecting, I was eventually out-voted.  
But we all remain friends (mostly), and continue to work on other things, 
mostly productively.  I guess I would have been disappointed if Cornerstone 
confiscated my unit and sent me to the gulag.


> On Jul 17, 2018, at 5:36 PM, Brian Bartholomew via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l 
> [at]> wrote:
>> Under these circumstances, what outcome is best for the community?
>> Failure of the proposal, and acceptance of the status quo?  Or, an
>> over-ride of the remaining objection, such that the will of the
>> (strong) majority is accommodated in the decision?
> In one local cohousing-like situation I heard about, the holdout was
> diagnosed mentally ill.  She was legally declared not competent and
> temporarily imprisoned in a healthcare setting, then the rest did what
> they wanted.  I'm not a doctor, but her behavior sounded crazy to me.
> Of course, the Soviets did the same thing to dissidents.
> In another local situation, an owner of desirable land was allowing
> campfires to escape and become forest fires, and living under an
> overturned boat.  I'm not a doctor, but that behavior sounded crazy to
> me.  Not only was he imprisoned, but his property title and the
> resulting sale proceeds were stripped from him.  That seems too much.
> What rules do you want followed when you're the dissenter?
> Brian
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