Big Carrot food co-op member meeting

Summary: 
The Big Carrot food co-op used dotmocracy to inform the policy decision concerning staff uniforms.
Date / Time: 
January 2005, 30 minutes
Name of Facilitator(s): 
Jason Diceman
Number of participants: 
45
Total number of ideas dotted: 
20
Preamble: 

I gave a brief explanation of the dotmocracy process. The issue of staff identification was already well understood by the members present. The two questions posted on the dotmocracy wall were:

1. What can we wear to identify ourselves to customers as Big Carrot employees?

2. What can we wear to identify which department we each work in?

 

Details: 

The 30 minute dotmocracy session was part of the bi-weekly staff meeting for the 45 member/owners.

While a clear winner was not recognized immediately, the results were reviewed later and did inform a final policy of eusing an identifying shirt pin.

They have since used dotmocracy for other decisions, such as renovations to their interior.

Learnings: 

It took some real encouragement to get some members our of their chairs and dotting. There were also a few joke ideas posted that did not seem to discredit the process.