Description: An open discussion was held on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 3pm – 4pm just prior to the regularly scheduled General Assembly to discuss the open, democratic decision-making process OGSO has developed. This was intended to be the first of many discussions aimed at crafting a stronger, more accessible and scalable democratic process in Greensboro capable of creating sustainable change.
Discussion facilitator/note taker: Dave R.
- Introduction go around: names, experience with consensus decision-making.
- OGSO’s process: strengths and weaknesses/things to be improved
Purpose of General Assembly?
- Organize people who want to join efforts.
- People can find places to fit in.
- Grow the movement.
- ability to draw in new people
- good for people to learn about Working Groups and what they are doing
Weaknesses (Things to be improved)
- Communication between GA and WGs.
- No advanced agendas; people can’t prepare for future meetings.
- Step Up, Step Up needs to be improved.
- WG’s need to send people consistently.
- We should have space in GAs for WGs.
- Need a clear process for making a proposal so new people know how to bring stuff to the GA.
- WGs need to be more open and accessible.
Addendum (12/12/11) by Alex Justis:
Notes regarding the Hub and Spoke Model ideas are missing. I’ve tried to capture the essence of that from the 12/4 GA process discussion in this document. Please let me know if it needs to be modified. It’s publicly available:
HERE (Google Doc) – https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3eEpUTB10N8OWY5M2U2YTItZGQwNi00OTZmLTllY2QtMWQwMWFiZTlmZDE0
AND HERE (PDF Download 65kb) – http://www.mediafire.com/?8xjx9144h3zdr2s