|The social pressure of membership selection||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousemail.msn.com)|
|Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 08:34:20 -0700 (MST)|
After reading several of the responses about self selection vs. group selection of member I began thinking about what the impact of wanting to please everybody would have on a prospective member. Dare I disagree with the power elite (core group) Dare I bring up this point, for fear it may cause others to disagree with me and endanger my membership? If the criteria for picking members is, They get along with others, do I dare disagree? Maybe what such things do is weed out non self-effacing individuals? Free Disagreement with the status group, with no social consequences, is a strong point of a good collaborative process. In a healthy group, If I have a new idea, I feel free to speak it, without fear of alienation or social retribution. I know my idea will be fairly and equally examined just like all the others. Would having my membership on the line cause me to speak out, or would I go along with the status group? Hmmmm. This is a subtle and interesting group dynamic issue perhaps. Or perhaps not. Rob Sandelin Northwest Intentional Communities Association Building a better society, one neighborhood at a time
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