|When world(view)s collide||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Howard Landman (howardpolyamory.org)|
|Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 17:44:01 -0700 (MST)|
I'm wondering if anyone out there has had experience reconciling radically different world views into a consensus. The specific problem we're facing now goes something like this: - We need to have someplace for our bigger kids (say 6-12 years old) to play. We already constructed a sandy play area, but it's mostly being used by the toddlers, and there are issues with the older kids being too rambunctious for the little ones. - We are located directly adjacent to a large city park with trees, a large playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, a farm, and river access. - We have 34 units on 4 acres, so there's not a lot of space to spare. (This contrasts with nearby Grayrock, which has 15 acres in addition to its main property.) There seem to be two main opinions about this (I may be distorting things slightly to simplify the presentation): (1) One group believes deeply that it is completely unsafe and unacceptable for kids under 10 to be in the park without adult supervision, even if they go there in groups of 2 or 3. They are concerned about "predatory types" doing something unspeakable to their kids. They are worried about the river. Therefore, it is "obvious" to them that we *must* build a play area specifically for the bigger sub-teen kids, and that it must be in the central part of our site so that parents can keep a constant eye on them. (2) The second group sees nothing wrong with kids that age going to the park and back by themselves. They reminisce about doing much more dangerous things when they were kids, and just don't see the problem. The idea of building a playground on our limited space when there's a perfectly good playground a couple hundred feet away seems silly and redundant to them, a waste of a very limited resource. It is "obvious" to them that this is a bad idea. Having started off in camp 2 and having made some effort to understand the camp 1 folks, I now am faced with the "Where do we go from here?" question. I think I know the scope of the divergence of opinions, but I'm not sure how to work towards consensus. The 1 folks are frustrated because they've brought up this "urgent" issue several times and gotten nowhere (but they failed to develop a consensus that there was in fact a problem that needed solving before trying to get specific solutions adopted). The 2 folks are frustrated because the issue refuses to go away (but are not doing a good job so far of listening to the concerns). Any ideas? I'm not interested in hearing that "group 1 is right" or "I agree with group 2". I want some way to begin synthesizing both viewpoints into something we can all live with. Howard Landman River Rock Commons, Ft. Collins CO _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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