Re: Group Think - Reopening a decision can be difficult
From: Norman Gauss (
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 22:02:11 -0700 (PDT)
In my experience, permission to re-open a past decision has to be obtained
from the meeting attendees.  Unless there is consensus to do that,
re-opening a decision for further consideration cannot be done.

In the history of our community, if a decision has been made on a proposal
considered final, trying to re-open it a short time later has always failed.
It appears that the membership may be reluctant to admit that they approved
a proposal containing significant defects, or else they are bored with it
and have no patience to rehash an issue in which their interest has been

Norm Gauss
Oak Creek Commons
Paso Robles, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: R.N. Johnson [mailto:cohoranda [at]] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 12:06 PM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Group Think - Apathy is NOT a Factor

In my experience, groupthink is most powerful when there is a strong push to
restrict discussion, either because a powerful person in the group inflicts
consequences on anyone who "steps out of line", or when a particular group
has a strong tendency to avoid conflict. Esprit de corps, in my experience,
may lead to quick, and perhaps not well-thought out decisions on occasion,
but makes it easier to go back and fix whatever the problem is.
Randa Johnson
New Brighton Cohousing
Aptos, CA

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