Proposer: Yoni Miller
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Common Sense Proposal
This is a general proposal, for a serious problem weʼve been having from Day 1, and thatʼs the abuse of blocks. Throughout the entire GA, Facilitation is able to tell a person “Oh, that is not a clarifying question, that belongs in concerns” and so forth, yet for the most important part of the GA, ie blocks; Facilitation refuses to say whether a block is valid or not. And many of the blocks made, are not valid at all, some people have been using them well in the double digits, when they should only be used a few times, I myself almost made one block, but because the bill lacked consensus (it was a proposal made by a member of the Tea Party..so you can imagine..).
This is a solution proposed by C.T. Lawrence Butler is the co-author of On Conflict and Consensus. What he says is that the democratic body of the GA, should be able to give a temperature check as to whether a block is VALID or not. This does not mean the GA agrees with the block necessarily. As for concerns of the GA abusing this, my response to that is: Would we be having this proposal here, if the abuse of INDIVIDUALS on blocks was not a bigger problem? I have faith and trust in the GA.
I would also like to enable facilitation, which is doing an excellent job of keeping morale high, and staying neutral throughout this, Iʼd like to enable them the ability to also say whether a block is valid or not. This in conjunction with the democratic bodyʼs temperature check, will foster a much more productive environment, that will function the way it was MEANT to do so.
If a personʼs block is overrode twice in a single GA, that personʼs blocks will not be accepted for the two following weeks, and offenses will be longer, for repeated offenders, because those people disrupt the entire process and ruin it for everyone else. I am open for friendly amendments, and concerns, but BEG you to pass this proposal, because we can always propose a new one, but until that new one is proposed, we will still have this problem, and this proposal uses common and proven techniques for a common problem. This is the step in the right direction, and we need to take a stand- somewhere, on this serious issue.