RE: Planning the Agenda for the Meetings
From: Maggie (
Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2002 07:20:01 -0600 (MDT)

Warmest Regards,
Maggie Dutton,
Executive Director, H.O.M.E.S.,
(Housing Ourselves Made Easy Society),
Addressing the need for affordable housing in Calgary,
The HOMES Project

 -----Original Message-----
From:   cohousing-l-admin [at]
[mailto:cohousing-l-admin [at]]  On Behalf Of Sharon Villines
Sent:   Saturday, April 27, 2002 11:14 AM
To:     cohousing-l [at]
Subject:        Re: [C-L]_Planning the Agenda for the Meetings

>Meetings are grueling and lockstep. There is never time for just plain old
discussion. A recent meeting was very pleasant but >we had restricted
discussion to two topics for a 2 hour meeting and they were not new topics.
>Decision making is very hard, no matter how you slice it. Sometimes I think
we are spending too much effort on trying to >make it easier by having a
better process instead of just confronting the issues and making a decision.
>But I'm not sure what is going on. I do know it takes far too much time and
there are far too few people in the group to sustain >all the levels of
training and discussion that go on.
>Sharon Villines
>Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

Some of us have been learning about and trying Sociocracy.  It seems like
using that governance model would make things a lot easier.  Why wouldn't
one person be delegated the authority to pull together an agenda (perhaps
after certain criteria are process are established)?.  Then others would
just have to deal with that person to be heard.  I guess you need the entire
Sociocracy structure for it to work that way.  I would like to promote the
Yahoo group for those interested in knowing more about Sociocracy.  It is at
:  We would love to have others join
us on this adventure.

Maggie Dutton,
thehomesproject  in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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