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BRA - Boston Redevelopment Authority Setting the Ground Rules

Boston Redevelopment AuthorityAt the February 2, 2013 FAIRMOUNT INDIGPLANNING INITIATIVE, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) provided a packet of information to every attendee, which included a copy of their "GROUND RULES."

 According tboth Jeremy Rosenberger and Ines SotPalmarin, the BRA has been accumulating these rules in the course of holding many community meetings.  The rules get updated whenever someone finds another quality standard that helps everyone participating understand what is acceptable behavior in a community context.

Did the rules help? 

At the close of the meeting, Jeremy said: "Yes," though he did admit that a couple people still managed to wear their "naysayer hats" and refuse to take them off.

Yet the hosts mentioning the rules several times during the first hour-long session in the auditorium seemed to set a  positive tone for the two collaborative sessions that followed.  "We're all in this together and we need to get along."

Uphams Corner News was particularly impressed with the quality of the ground rules and obtained permission from the BRA to publish them to "the world." 

Ground Rules for Community Meetings**

  • Please turn off the sound on your cellphone.
  • Check your negativity at the door.
  • There are nright or wrong answers or ideas.

  • Respect others' opinions.
  • Please keep comments/questions concise severyone has anopportunity tspeak.
  • One person should speak at a time. Please try not tinterrupt.
  • Speak sothers at your table can hear you, but not sloudly as tdisturb the other tables.
  • Group members should strive tbe group-oriented, open-minded,and tfocus on the best solution, not advance a personal agenda.
  • Try not tuse acronyms or abbreviations.
  • This is a participation exercise — nobservers! Everyone is encouraged tjoin in and contribute.
  • If you came with another member of your family, organization or neighborhood group, consider splitting up tdifferent breakout groups tspread your knowledge and input.

** Courtesy Boston Redevelopment Authority


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Posted: February 2, 2013     Nancy J Conrad

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