|Meetings in person with Zoom||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2020 16:33:48 -0700 (PDT)|
Sharon Villines wrote: (on 12 Jul 2020 in Re: Feedback requested: Accommodations for disabilities http://lists.cohousing.org/archives/cohousing-l/msg45247.html ) >We also have more people in meetings on Zoom and they tend to stay for >the whole meeting or tell everyone in the chat that they have to >leave. They don't slink off and hope no one will notice. And they >don't have to go home to feed the dog, check on their older children, >hire child care for the younger, or watch for an important email. > >I find the meetings to be more efficient on Zoom. More structured and >organized, fewer distractions (when the facilitator's computer >works). I don't think they are good for discussions on topics with an >uncertain resolution or conflicting feelings. I hope that when the Covid era ends in a year or two and we can meet in person safely that we can find good ways to combine in person meetings with Zoom-like meetings **. Some have reported problems with combining the two. But I think that with enough cooperation from the in-person attendees that it could work. Might be easier for people to do this if online attendees out numbered in-person ones :) Actually it would be good to develop the needed cooperation now when we are using Zoom a lot -- this time is serving as a learning experience for doing things differently. Some specifics that might be helpful: Consistantly using a microphone Consistantly announcing one's name when one begins to speak. Maybe passing around (on a wheeled table?) a laptop to speakers. Using the microphone as a "talking stick" as with the circle process. ( I like the circle process rather than the competition to get the floor system.) In many ways it's hard to beat in-person meetings and they have social and nonverbal aspects that are hard to perform electronically. But a good combination might have the best of both. I contend that community meeting attendance is often motivated by the opportunity to see other people - particularl in non-cohousing contexts. Having a separate person at in-person meeting who monitors Zoom participants needs. Fred WB0YQM (ham call sign) ** There is an open source Zoom-like system called https://meet.jit.si/ that hams (amateur radio operators) are using here. I've attended a ham outdoor in-person gathering this way with mixed results since there was little adaptation. -- Fred H. Olson Minneapolis,MN 55411 USA (near north Mpls) Email: fholson at cohousing.org 612-588-9532 My Link Pg: http://fholson.cohousing.org
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