[WEC-Coord] Update on WEC report revision work; complete draft ready by 1/19?
cemayor at earthlink.net
Thu Jan 15 18:47:56 PST 2009
I know the writers have worked consistently to reflect the work of the WEC accurately and am very appreciative of that. This is the hard work of coming to what we can all live with as we have been committed to from the onset. Kitty
>From: Kevin Matthews <matthews at artifice.com>
>Sent: Jan 15, 2009 3:52 PM
>To: Rob Zako <rzako at efn.org>
>Cc: Jan Wostmann <jw at efn.org>, WEC Coordinating Committee <wec_coord at westeugenecollaborative.org>, Don Kahle <shh at dksez.com>, Chris Pryor <chris.e.pryor at ci.eugene.or.us>
>Subject: Re: [WEC-Coord] Update on WEC report revision work; complete draft ready by 1/19?
>On Thu, 15 Jan 2009 10:50:47 -0800, Rob Zako wrote:
>> FINISHING UP
>> The Revision Committee is making every effort to produce a candidate
>> final draft that will achieve three aims:
>> 1. Reflect the consensus of the WEC.
>> 2. Be accepted by and helpful to decision makers and the public.
>> 3. Lead to on-the-ground improvements in west Eugene.
>> But the proof will be in he pudding. We won't know for certain how
>> close to consensus we are until everyone in the WEC has had a chance
>> to review the draft and we all meet on Thursday, January 29. While
>> the WEC has spent a lot of time talking about solutions (the subject
>> of Chapter 2), we have spent less time talking about problems
>> (Chapter 1), getting there (Chapter 3), or a process for community
>> dialogue (Chapter 4). Thus there is a risk that the full WEC might
>> have significant concerns about parts of the report.
>> If we are indeed close to consensus, great! But if there is a
>> divergence of opinion, it will probably take additional time with
>> help from Jamie, John and Dennis to bring us to closure.
>> All of the above is intended to alert you to expect a complete draft
>> by Monday, January 19 or so, and to prime the upcoming Coordinating
>> Committee meeting discussion.
>I appreciate receiving this update, and I'm glad to hear it feels like the group is making progress on a new draft of the report.
>I also feel it is necessary to express again that I have serious concerns around the apparent idea that the draft report will include significant sections of new content.
>I continue to feel that writing up the report should be the art of expressing what we did, which is strong enough to stand well on its own. The well-grounded authenticity of our actual efforts can lend an authority to our reporting that no amount of additional structural infill is likely to match.
>Writing up the report should not be a process of adding in a bunch of stuff we didn't do together in order to fill in some other abstract picture. Given the solemn timing commitments we made to each other and to the community - to finish by the end of 2008 - I doubt whether it is constructive to allow new content introduced during report writing to incite divisions among us, or to require additional new decision-making processes.
>Of the three numbered aims, only the first rests clearly within the scope of reasonable accountability for any report.
>I do hope the draft report will accurately reflect our consensus, in a way that works for all the members of the WEC.
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