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At the March 2009 Ritual for Business, a change of process was proposed for how we make decisions at Gaia Community. Currently the community makes decisions in its monthly Rituals for Business and most other committees by consensus, as mandated in our bylaws in Article V.
Via, Devin, Amanda, and Erin have worked up a proposal for a process that would start with consensus seeking and then move to a supermajority ballot if consensus appeared impossible. Because changing our decision-making process requires a bylaws change, 10% of the membership has requested that the April 11th Ritual for Business be a Special Ritual for Business for that purpose. Details of the proposal can be found below, as well as on the Greeter's Table on Sunday, April 5th. Two meetings are scheduled for discussing this proposal: one from 2-4PM on Sunday, April 5th at SMUUCH, and one on Wednesday, April 8th a Via's place of residence, 1306 E. 118th Street in southern KCMO. Discussion will also be held during the Special Ritual for Business on the 11th, after elections.
The change to our bylaws is very brief: it would amend the first sentence of the second paragraph of Article V, Section A from "Decisions of the Committee of the Whole shall be made by consensus, except where otherwise stated in these bylaws." to "Decisions of the Committee of the Whole shall be made using a blended consensus/supermajority model, except where otherwise stated in these bylaws."
The procedural changes that accompany this have now been integrated into our approved consensus process, following ratification at the April 2009 Ritual for Business.