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These are the raw notes from the 2006 Dandelion Gathering meeting where BIRCH was formed.

Birch Session 2 – 2006 at the Dandelion Gathering
Scribe - Copper

2:30
Facilitators: Anna and Selchie

 

Notes:

 

 

* Consensus

ONE STAND ASIDE

 

 

FUNCTIONS OF BIRCH

 

 

Small groups coming back:

New facilitators: Todd and Raven
Impromptu Spiral danceJ

Each group had one member report visions:

 

 

Agreed: to contract for more time to 5:30pm

 

 

Deciding the three groups: Papers are posted for people who are interested in being on one of the committees with descriptions of committees; which are: Identity, Liver, and administrative.  All interested stand up tomorrow morning and if people have concerns they bring them to people directly.

PROPOSAL
ONE:  Large Gatherings, like Dandelion address large issues, issues of our core values and ways of organizing.  An example would be revising the Principles of Unity.
At those large gatherings would be representatives from regional and special interest groups empowered to make decisions. Anyone is free to come and be part of the discussion, but only representatives of groups could block a decision.

TWO:  Regional groups, working groups that take on specific tasks, and interest groups based on specific interests are encouraged to form and empowered to make the decisions they need to do their work.  (Many of these groups already exist.)  They are, in general, open to all those interested, but are empowered to set their own membership criteria.

This Council will form and affirm the members of two of these groups:
            An Identity Group would look at questions of what it means to identify as/call oneself Reclaiming.  How do groups and individuals join?  They are empowered to make decisions on these issues that will hold until the next large gathering, at which time they will be reviewed and must be established by consensus (not assumed to be the policies in place which automatically hold unless changed.)
            The Healthy Reclaiming Body group would look at issues of conflict resolution and group process, establishing a ‘liver’ to move toxins out of the body, and identifying other missing organs.
            While this body will affirm the membership, they are empowered to add others as necessary.
            Other groups to be established include Communications, Supporting Local Communities, Outreach/Fostering/Welcoming, Strengthening Wider Community, History and Lore, and others. 

THREE:  An Administrative Cell will be formed at this gathering, composed of five to eight people affirmed by the gathering and empowered to add others as they see need.  They are charged with implementing these decisions, coordinating the work of BIRCH, finding a location and organizers for the next large gathering.  They are empowerd to make the decisions they need to carry out their responsibilities.

Form one and add people.  The Liver Group and Identity group would be formed by members at Dandelion.
Level 3: Small administrative group would be charged with looking at making interim decisions and making sure things happen not including making the Dandelion Gathering happening which would be a different group happens.

 

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