Re: Group Think
From: R.N. Johnson (
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2011 16:14:49 -0700 (PDT)
"Because of group think we have sometimes consensed on proposals on which later 
improvement was needed"

I would not say that a group later needing to make improvements to a proposal 
is necessarily an indication of group think.  Perfection is subjective.  Nearly 
any proposal can be improved by taking a second look after you have had a 
chance to try it out in action.  I know that I will sometimes agree to an 
imperfect but acceptable proposal, because it is often more importance to get 
started than to achieve perfection.  I have been invovled with consensus in one 
form or another for 16 years, and I find I am more willing to move ahead with 
proposals and see how they work.  I often have reservations about a particular 
policy, but if they fall into the category of " that's not the best way, or the 
way I would choose" rather than the " Really bad things will happen if we do 
this" category, I try to let go of my attachment to a particular way of doing 
things and see how it goes. If we have moved ahead  with horrible results, we 
would become more cautious;
 often the "burning issue" during the discussion fades away or fails to 
materialize once a decision is made.  
Randa Johnson
New Brighton Cohousing


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