|Re: Consensus & Conflict||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Christopher Herndon (cherndon85gmail.com)|
|Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2021 09:06:57 -0800 (PST)|
Hello fellow travelers :) I appreciate all the perspectives and wisdom in this group!!! *I wanted to reply to Martie's response to my recommendation to take Diana Leafe Christian's Sociocracy course. Probably relevant to Melanie's response to Martie's email as well.* One of the downsides to emails and text is that we can assume we know what each person actually means. My intent here is to bring clarity to what I meant by 'good vibes'. By me saying 'good vibes' in my original recommendation to take Diana's Sociocracy course, I wasn't saying that conflict is avoided in Sociocracy. I could have been more thoughtful in describing what I meant by 'good vibes' so let me define it so there's no confusion by what I meant. 'Good Vibes' = Harmony amongst the group. To create harmony, a group must be able to work through conflict. Groups create harmony together when they're also able to accomplish things, get things done, win together, etc. Harmony can also be created by having clear processes that everyone is trained and aligned on (i.e. governance and decision-making, conflict resolution, etc). When it comes to conflict, disagreement, etc. there's a process for decision-making in Sociocracy where people can express their objections to a proposal. Objections are not blocks, they're opportunities to make the proposal better. As Diana teaches sociocracy, there are at least seven clear reasons a person can object to a proposal. A personal preference/personally preferred strategy is not one of them. If someone objects to a proposal for any reason other than these seven clear reasons, or because the proposal otherwise somehow violates the purpose of the group or of the committee, the group moves on and members of the group can hold space / process with the person who objected for personal reasons (but at a later time). Sociocracy meetings are about getting things done, not holding space / processing emotions (fear, doubts, etc). There is definitely a time and a place for the latter because any group using sociocracy can create a committee to specifically process emotions and resolve conflicts. However, in sociocracy, emotional processing doesn't usually happen during meetings, unless someone proposes a specific amount of time alloted for this, and meeting participants consent to the proposal to take that amount of time for discussion or emotional processing. That's all for now ~ -- *Chris Herndon* 253-332-5108
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