[NLC] followup from last evening: worksessions
tb2mitchell at aol.com
Wed Aug 26 11:32:55 PDT 2009
I like your idea; we could try every third meeting time on the 4th Thursday of the month. If that works well, consideration could be given to every other meeting time.
Personally, I would like to have some topics/questions brought up with prior notification. This would not preclude other topics being discussed after those as time allows. For example, on land use issues I would like to know from other neighborhoods how the Neighborhood/Applicant Meetings code is being implemented by developers. We haven't had one yet. How far are complaints, interpretations, etc. carried? How do other neighborhoods raise non-public funds to pay for land use appeals?
On Aug 26, 2009, at 9:14:10 AM, "Stephen Lamb" <farwester at exactproof.com> wrote:
From: "Stephen Lamb" <farwester at exactproof.com>
Subject: [NLC] followup from last evening: worksessions
Date: August 26, 2009 9:14:10 AM PDT
To: "Neighborhood Leaders" <nlc at eugeneneighbors.org>
I wanted to follow up on a suggestion that I made last night
at the NLC gathering.
There was a very strong thread in the various ideas that came out
around the idea of interactive exchange between neighborhood leaders.
To me, it also seemed clear that none of the proposed "ideal agendas"
found a way to convincingly fit all of the "required" program into 2 hours.
I want to reiterate my suggestion from last night.
SUGGESTION: Have every third (or even every other) NLC meeting be a
worksession, with no predetermined agenda, and no moderation, no mediation.
Just let leaders talk to each other about what they need help with in their
own neighborhood, in an open roundtable (rectangular-table) format.
For the other meetings, push the format/structure/agenda towards our
"ideals" from last evening.
WHY? In a "formatted" meeting, the most time we are ever going to
be able to carve out for an "interactive" mode is 20 ... 30 minutes
(perhaps 40 minutes, tops). Even 40 minutes is just not sufficient
to accomplish truly substantive open exchange of knowledge.
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