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|From: Jose Marquez (marchpowerworldnet.att.net)|
|Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 16:46:57 -0700 (MST)|
Hello Fellow Cohousers! Well, I'm wondering what you all have done about TV issues. Yes, I know it's a big one. Sigh. Anyway, in our community I believe there is a wide range of feelings, and one person who blocks consensus to have a TV. This individual has blocked having a TV in a locked room of the Common House to only be used on pre-scheduled times. So...our core values included "Honoring/Seeking Diversity" and as each member joined the community they were asked what their "Bottom Lines" were. This way, I think, we could determine if a diverse believe or desire was unworkable in our community by not accepting a member based upon a bottom line. The individual against the TV (blocking consensus alone) DID NOT list this as a bottom line. To me, this means that some compromise should be acceptable since our diverse group includes folks who like TV. Also, our homes are all a bit smaller than we are paying for because we're also paying for a big Common House....so to have a Superbowl Party (for example) in one's home is difficult. So there is the perception that refusing an activity in the Common House that people CANNOT do in their actual units (since the Common House is all of our's) is also inappropriate when everyone else wants to allow it. So, in a consensus process....supposedly it is not proper procedure to block when you're the only one blocking.....and all that. But, what do you do when it does happen that way? ~March
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