Re: Consensus and conflict
From: Chris Hansen (
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2021 04:37:40 -0800 (PST)
Like many other Cohousing communities we've had some ongoing and evolving
challenging times collectively agreeing on how to navigate the murky waters
of Covid-19, and the requisite precautions needed in Common Space
(especially when the regulations and guidelines for the state change every
Someone in our CoHousing just posted a poem about a flock of crows that
circles noisily around our Coho.
I sent the email below and thought I'd share with you all because the
analogy and humour seem apropos for the moment!

It always amused me that a flock of crows is called a 'murder'
And a flock of starlings is a 'murmuration'- a phenomenon as beautiful and
magical as the word itself.
And somehow all of this seems an analogy for CoHousing-
A flock of us can be a 'murder'- or a murmuration... :)
Here's a video of a murmuration it's worth seeing through

On Sat, 9 Jan 2021 at 19:00, Melanie G <gomelaniego [at]> wrote:

> Chris, thank you for the clarification.  "To create harmony, a group must
> be able to work through conflict."  Could not agree more.
> Also Liz, thank you so much for introducing me to Ostrom!  Thrilled to
> explore further.  I especially loved seeing this "When disputes arise,
> commoners must have easy access to conflict-resolution mechanisms."
> Also thought I would share a somewhat similar resource about a movement
> some may have heard of.
> Genevieve Vaughan wrote a book you can read for free here.
> I believe some of the underlying assumptions are similar.  Wonder if the
> two know each other or of each other.  If not, they would do the world a
> service in getting together imho.
> One last link, I have taken this training offered by some NVC friends in
> the UK, and it's about to be offered as a 10 week course.  It's called
> Building Restorative Systems.  I highly recommend it.  If you go, please
> tell them I sent you.
> I am learning SO much from this list.
> with deep gratitude,
> melanie
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