|Re: No Quorum||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:14:43 -0700 (PDT)|
> On Jun 18, 2019, at 3:10 PM, Jerry Koch-Gonzalez <jerry [at] > sociocracyforall.org> wrote: > > We let go of quorum many years ago with no negative effects. Very glad to hear it. We have a lot of new people so I might try it again. Ironically, the new people are very engaged and responsible in terms of work and decision-making. But they are also professionals with lots of meetings at work and young with babies. And not driven the way were during the long building the community phase — surviving floods, keeping the elevator pit dry so we didn’t rust out the undergirding, dealing with errant teens, trying to get a meal program started. They’ve moved into a place that works and looks great. No financial problems (knock on wood). > Now with sociocratic governance, it is even less relevant since almost all > decisions are made in the work circles. How have your elections gone? We have people that I would trust with decision-making but not all. One team tends to make decisions not to do something and doesn’t announce it. We are waiting for a decision and they don’t think it will work so they don’t try. But they don’t view negative decisions as decisions. Deciding not to do something they and often other teams regard as non-action. Other teams I trust and they have projects they move forward with without prompting. I wonder if teams would take feedback better if it wasn’t linked to decisions. I also like to hear feedback from others. It’s how you get to know each other as well as getting a more comprehensive view of the issue. But we tried the election process once and it went badly. We elected people that we thought were good and it was a good balance of people with a broad range of expertise, but they couldn’t work together. Convincing people to do it again would be iffy. Our FT team over the years, not just the current team, will decide that things are not aesthetic decisions when I think they are. If it’s visible it should be interesting or at least not look like something drug in from a used car lot and welded together. > We still have monthly meetings but those are not for decision making. They > are for giving feedback to circles about decisions they are going to make, > they are about doing community education like about governance or nonviolent > communication or EMFs or anything relevant, and they are about community > building like doing heart circles/sharing circles/life stories, etc. Our best meetings are those in which we don’t have to make decisions. Just discuss. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
- No Quorum Sharon Villines, June 18 2019
- Re: No Quorum David Heimann, June 22 2019
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