WHERE: 3906 Wren Road, home of Susan Marie Yoshihara
WHEN: 7:30 pm sharp (please come a little early!)
WHO: Mary Lang
Mary Lang, a resident of Creekside Commons (a successful co-housing project in Courtenay that uses consensus process), has very kindly offered to share her knowledge of this useful communication tool with SPUDS this coming Tuesday evening beginning at 7:30 pm.
A retired school teacher (twenty years working in the inner city of Vancouver), Mary currently works as a counselor. Her labour background included working with Unions and Robert’s Rules. She is excited to share her appreciation for the community building nature of consensus process.
Mary is leaving for Toronto the next morning, and so juggling a busy schedule to accommodate us on short notice. Please come on out to take part in this important information session, and help decide if the proposal by some members to incorporate consensus process into SPUDS is one we might collectively support!
Consensus process can be a useful tool for all kinds of groups, so you just might be inspired to take some new ideas to other community-based initiatives you are also involved in. All past, present and future members of SPUDS welcome and encouraged to attend!
From the Seeds of Change website:
Consensus is a decision-making process that works creatively to include all persons making the decision. Instead of simply voting for an item, and having the majority of the group getting their way, the group is committed to finding solutions that everyone can live with. This ensures that everyone's opinions, ideas and reservations are taken into account. But consensus is more than just a compromise. It is a process that can result in surprising and creative solutions - often better than the original suggestions.
Last but not least, yummy baked potatoes and a pot of chili, along with organic apple juice will be on hand for hungry SPUDS members following the harvest this Saturday. Please bring a bowl. See you there, from 10am - noon!