General Assembly Minutes 18 OCT 2011 (7 PM)

Main Facilitator: Matt. Stack Facilitator: Joe. Minutes: Treesong & Meghan.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

  • The main facilitator explained our consensus decision-making process.

Summary of Minutes of Previous General Assembly

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Pizza is being donated tomorrow.
  • We’ve started bringing hot water for tea out to the tents.
  • Night watch and visibility watch signup is happening after the General Assembly.
  • There will be a laundry run tomorrow.
  • Matt is on the Supply Committee and is working with others on gathering supplies.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Modify the Occupy Carbondale consensus process to eliminate the portion of the second phase of consensus in which the proposer explains and clarifies their proposal for a second time prior to the intervention phase.

  • Discussion: We initially did not practice this portion of the process because we already have space for the proposer’s explanation and clarification in the first phase. Practicing it seemed to slow down process without adding new content. Therefore, we should eliminate it to streamline the process.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Adopt a different consensus process with only one phase. In this one-phase consensus process, once the proposal is made, anyone can make any comment on it. This continues until there are no more comments. Then, there is a call for consensus. If the proposal is blocked, it is dropped without further deliberation.

  • Discussion: The proposer made several clarifications and general discussion ensued. Someone suggested that since this is a significant and detailed change, the proposer may want to write up the proposal and discuss it with people.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: Hold only one General Assembly per day at 7 pm.

  • Discussion
  • RESPONSE: Several blocks
  • Discussion: Intervention. Three speakers for the proposal and three speakers against it.
  • RESPONSE: Several blocks
  • Discussion: Small groups.
  • Discussion: Intervention. Three speakers for the proposal and three speakers against it.
  • RESPONSE: Three blocks

PROPOSAL: Limit the number of clarifying questions in the first phase of the Occupy Carbondale consensus process to 10.

  • RESPONSE: Several blocks
  • Discussion: Intervention. Three speakers for the proposal and three speakers against it.
  • RESPONSE: Several blocks
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: Administrators cannot delete or censor comments on any of Occupy Carbondale’s online media platforms.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Occupy Carbondale will no longer organize a daily march. Marches will be organized as needed.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Occupy Carbondale will post all General Assembly minutes to our online platforms with no censorship and full transparency.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus
  • Discussion: Amend the proposal to clarify that this statement applies retroactively.
  • MODIFIED PROPOSAL:┬áPost all General Assembly minutes to our online platforms with no censorship and full transparency. This applies retroactively to ensure that any content that was previously abbreviated or omitted is included in full.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Participants in Occupy Carbondale marches should be louder and more enthusiastic for the marches to be more effective.

  • RESPONSE: Several blocks
  • Discussion: This is a good suggestion but not suited for a formal proposal.
  • RESPONSE: Majority blocks

PROPOSAL: Occupy Carbondale boycotts Wal-Mart as a corporation.

  • Discussion
  • RESPONSE: Majority blocks

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • Modify the Occupy Carbondale consensus process to eliminate the portion of the second phase of consensus in which the proposer explains and clarifies their proposal for a second time prior to the intervention phase.
  • Administrators cannot delete or censor comments on any of Occupy Carbondale’s online media platforms.
  • Occupy Carbondale will no longer organize a daily march. Marches will be organized as needed.
  • Occupy Carbondale will post all General Assembly minutes to our online platforms with no censorship and full transparency. This applies retroactively to ensure that any content that was previously abbreviated or omitted is included in full.
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