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One of the ways the principles and methods used by sociocracy speed up decision-making is going directly to objections instead of discussing the proposal. The proposal should state the perceived advantages or reasons why a decision is needed. The presenters will also have presented the issues and...
Views since 5/2014: 7,162
Question: We are 3 months into starting a co-housing community in western MA. We will soon be discussing how we will make group decisions. I don't think we have to reinvent the wheel on this one. Consensus and sociocracy seem to be common strategies. Which do you recommend? Sociocracy and...
Views since 5/2014: 8,790
"It is a strategy I think a community could use to jump start their program, and then talk about how to reduce the centralization after a year or more of successful meals. Since we have quite slowly added new households it is quite clear that our successful meals program is what has helped get more...
Views since 5/2014: 4,069
Architectural review policies are generally hard to write, partly because we have very different housing experiences when we move into cohousing and partly because we don't know how to talk about architecture or colors.. The process touches on understanding how to live in a jointly owned or managed...
Views since 5/2014: 3,664
In principle, when we have expectations of others that don't pan out it often leads to resentment, which often leads to brewing discontent or bubbling-over conflict. I have heard, “expectations are planned resentments.” The surest way to avoid resentment is to not have expectations. When I fall...
Views since 5/2014: 2,037
In principle: If I have not tried to make something better or if I am not willing to help make it better, I have no business complaining about it. Rather than stand outside the circle and complain about the decisions made by others, I do well to appreciate those who are willing to do the hard work...
Views since 5/2014: 1,909
In principle, my initial reaction, my first thought, is very rarely my best. Often my first thought is absurd and shows me how NOT to react. Like first brush strokes on a canvas, first thoughts provide a starting place for more refined thoughts, for subsequent brush strokes. First thoughts, like...
Views since 5/2014: 1,720
In principle, the chances of making good group decisions are greatly increased if all the participants believe there is good in everyone. We are more likely to do well if we look for the best in each other. For some, believing that there is good in every person is a moral conviction. For others,...
Views since 5/2014: 2,388
In principle, disagreements are generally because of: misunderstandings, differing values, or outside issues. Misunderstandings and differing values can generally be resolved within the group. When a disagreement is caused by an outside issue that has nothing to do with the issue at hand, then it...
Views since 5/2014: 1,942
In principle, we know we are prone to make mistakes; it is part of being human. And we know that mistakes are our best teachers. Learning from small mistakes prevents big mistakes later. Yet we are prone to cover up our mistakes especially in our groups and make a mess of things. Good group...
Views since 5/2014: 2,278

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