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Personally I object to the use of the word "block" as synonymous with "objection" and this entry explains some of the reasons why. What is a block? This is not a facetious question. If this is the word people want to use, what does it mean? From the accounts on the Cohousing-L email discussion...
Views since 5/2014: 4,631
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: 7,636
In principle, when group participants are allowed to manipulate the process to favor specific programs, it tilts power toward a few, limits creativity, and clogs efficiency. It is typical in Congress, state legislatures, and town governments, for instance, to spend a lot of time debating process...
Views since 5/2014: 2,484
In principle, good group decisions stem from shared understanding, and shared understanding comes from reading off the same page. To see things the same way, write words for everyone to see. And, good group decisions stem from all views being heard. The best way for someone to feel heard is for...
Views since 5/2014: 2,713
In principle, it is best to make the rules before taking the field, before starting the meeting. When we decide HOW we are going to make decisions before we find ourselves in the tension of making them, it lowers our chances of conflict. It is much easier to establish proposal development steps and...
Views since 5/2014: 2,920
In principle, more often than not, a group will develop a great solution to the wrong problem. Before proceeding with a solution we need to see that it is aimed squarely at the problem and to do that we need to bring the problem into focus. Taking time to define the problem may seem like “...
Views since 5/2014: 2,686
In principle, it is rarely beneficial to say the first thing that comes to mind. Just because I think or feel something does not mean I have to say it. Even when there is a sense of urgency; especially when there is a sense of urgency, I am better off if I take time to breathe, reflect, and...
Views since 5/2014: 2,863
In principle, understanding is that upon which we stand. It is the basis for all our beliefs and actions, like a foundation. All we do and say is based upon our understanding of the situation. We do best to make sure we fully understand before judging and before acting. Practical Tip: Be aware...
Views since 5/2014: 2,584
In principle, a good team is a group of people who try to make each other look good. Harry Truman said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” Similarly, we can spend huge amounts of energy caring about who gets the blame. To make good group decisions, we...
Views since 5/2014: 3,328
In principle, a simple but important decision I have to make every moment in a group is whether to open my mouth or to keep it shut; to talk or to listen. I contribute best to good group decisions if I set the default to “listen.” After all, God gave me two open ears and one closeable mouth. I...
Views since 5/2014: 2,499

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