Tag: Minutes


Google Docs for Community

For nearly three decades now, communities have been using the tools of cohousing to live more collaborative lives.  Google Docs may be the tech world equivalent for collaborating around text. Like any new tool, there can be a bit of a learning curve which will be more challenging for some people than others. I believe... Read More

Storing Community Documents Online

…to all of you cohousers who keep your various official documents, minutes, site map, consensus log, new-member orientation materials, etc. on-line – what software or product are you using, and how well does it work for you? Muriel at Shadowlake Village, Blacksburg, VA At Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm we store everything on Google Drive. We’ve... Read More

“Sense of the Meeting” Minutes for Plenary

When I do minutes, I do not try to provide court transcripts; I don’t have the training or the equipment, and in any event, modern audio recording devices often do that as well or better than a typist. The bigger issue, however, is that in court proceedings, the dialogs and exchanges follow a vigorously regulated... Read More

Bored with Consensus

I was recently selected to join a nonprofit board and attended my first meeting via teleconference. Although the bylaws stiplated that decisions would be made by consensus (I’d done my reading), the meeting was full of calls for votes, motions, and seconds. Uh oh. Had I wandered into the wrong meeting? Unfortunately, I hadn’t. I... Read More