[Imc-lasvegas] Last Night's meeting
gails123456 at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 3 15:48:06 PST 2005
Jason said: This was the wrong way to handle this and I appologize to everyone for
suggesting that we sit through that abuse. Nobody should have to be subjected to abuse
like that, ever, and my suggestion to 'hang in there' was shortsighted and dangerous.
Jason, First I want to say that as far as I'm concerned there is NO need to apologize. Even
if you had suggested that WE leave, there was no way that we would have left you alone
with Steve Hampton.
Maybe it is I who should apologize?? Not ever meeting Steve Hampton, I thought that
"I" should give him a chance to prove me wrong about my perception of him. (I should
have known better from his notes.) But after I asked him if he would allow the meeting to
begin without him being disruptive and disrespectful, he blatantly told us his agenda. Had I known or thought that he had subtly or otherwise threatened you, maybe I would not have even thought of giving Steve Hampton an opportunity to participate. I was tired and did not perceive the threat. I apologize to you and the rest of the group if I was out of line.
I agree with you, Genelle, and Patty. I believe that Steve Hampton is severely mentally ill
and very possibly a danger at any given moment. I am all for banning him (thru
consensus) from all meetings.
I would also suggest that maybe Jason should get a restraining order. I'm not sure how far
S.H. would take this but I believe that some precaution is in order. Also, I suggest that
none of us go to a meet alone. This is always a good idea no matter what, not just with
this situation. I am also willing to have a back up plan as to where to meet (alternative
meet place) if he shows up at a future meeting.
No one should have to put themself in potential harms way during a meeting. IMC's
policies of open meetings does not support this.
In addition, Steve has a misunderstanding of the consensus process. And I do not believe
he has the best interest of imc or the community in mind. It seems he has only a couple of
goals and that is to be disruptive and to be the leader on the platform.
Trust; Respect; Unity of Purpose; Nonviolence; Cooperation; Avoid blaming anyone for
conflict. Blame is inherently violent; Commitment to the Group.
Stubbornness, closed mindedness, and possessiveness lead to defensive and argumentative
behavior that disrupts the process.
Looking at the above principles which form the foundation of Formal Consensus, we know where S.H. stands.
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