|consensus or groupthink||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: CJ Q (homeschoolvideogmail.com)|
|Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2021 06:37:37 -0800 (PST)|
We have had 3 families leave and no one mentioned consensus but now that I think of it, that had something to do with why I left. I have lots of experience with consensus with 4 years at a Quaker college and running the radio station there and at a Democratic school and it was never a problem, sometimes annoying, but that was the extent of it. I just had an experience this week that sheds light onto the way consensus was used that seemed more like groupthink than making decisions. A similar issue came up with a facebook group and many wrote their opinions and discussed and had varying opinions and no problem. But in cohousing and, even with the mediator, there seemed to be pressure to t to hold onto one opinion and not even hear dissenting ideas and it was an emotional issue - not something like construction in the Common House. So, those who don't agree just don't say anything. I noticed the same thing happened with the budget - not much discussion or wanting to figure out different methods. Even in Laird's blog he discusses outliers a lot and that confuses me. Is cohousing and community living just pressure to all think the same?
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