Re: Consensus decision making
From: balaji (
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 11:57:26 -0700 (PDT)
>From the perspective of a cultural anthropologist -- my stock and trade --
I find it interesting that traditional cohousing communities (by which I
mean "villages") address the same issues by means of kinship processes,
either "real" or "fictive."  By "real" I mean the standard American
definition, e.g., relations by "blood" and by "law."  "Fictive" (again,
from our perspective) means the extension of kinship categories to those
we are not "really" related to.  I wonder . . . have any of you in
cohousing communities found kinship (real, fictive, or whatever) directly
or surepticiously affecting your relationships with each other?

Charles Nuckolls
Utah Valley Commons

> On Aug 5, 2008, at 11:16 AM, Sharon Villines wrote:
>> The determination of effective is in the results of the decision, not
>> the process that led to the decision.
> I need to clarify. This could be read, for example, that an
> autocratically made decision is just as good as one that is the result
> of a consensus process. It may be, but only if the group has decided
> by consensus that certain decisions will be made autocratically.
> What I meant is that just because you hired a facilitator and spent 8
> hours discussing whether the roof should be red or blue, will not
> produce  an effective decision if the roofing only comes in green or
> the red and blue are both colors that will fade in 6 months to brown.
> The weekend may have produced bonding, etc., but how effective was the
> decision about choosing a roof color to compliment the color of the
> siding?
> That's what I meant about process not being the criterion on which one
> measures the effectiveness of a decision. Examining the process may be
> helpful in understanding where you got off track, however, or how you
> stayed on track.
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Sociocracy, a Deeper Democracy
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