Re: electing multiple people
Russ Allbery <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: [...]
> It's not about opinions. It's about people. The problem most often
> materializes when there are heated opinions, but the fundamental problem
> is when people can't work together with mutual respect. If you end up
> with people who intensely dislike each other, the group will have an
> exceedingly hard time reaching consensus on anything.
There are two situations in danger of being confused there:
- people who intensely dislike each other; and
- people who intensely dislike each other's views.
> [...] unless there's some feeling that the other members of the
> committee "have one's back" so to speak and are willing to put some effort
> into presenting a united front, I think you're going to have a really
> serious burnout problem.
I would be disappointed and fairly concerned about a social committee
which presented a united front in most ways, except how to deal with a
problem. I think we should be expecting a social committee that
speaks with several voices about a problem, but agrees a course of
> [...] In other words, to what degree is the committee expected to be
> a decision-making body and to what degree is it expected to be a
Personally, I expect it to be a facilitator almost always and almost
never a decision-making body. Sometimes I expect it to suggest how to
decide something, but give everyone involved opportunities to avoid a
destructive decision by their own actions.
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