Graduated series of consequences
This process is used when someone (the non-compliant person) violates behavioural norms or breaks community agreements. It is meant to treat individuals with respect, yet have "teeth."
The series of consequences are as follows:
- One person talks with the non-compliant person about the problem and asks he or she to make changes to come into conformance with community agreements and/or community behavioural norms. This person will serve as the steward for the entire series, unless agreed otherwise at any step.
- If this doesn't work, that person and one other person, mutually agreed, meet with the non-compliant person about the problem and asks that he or she come into conformance.
- If the first person cannot find anyone willing to meet with them and the non-compliant person, this is probably not a clear violation of agreement nor norms, and should be dealt with as inter-personal conflict between those two parties.
- If this doesn't work, five people meet — the first two and a trusted friend of each, and a fifth person chosen by the two trusted friends, again, requesting that the non-compliant person come into conformance.
- If this still doesn't solve it, the four people create a five-month contract with the non-compliant person outlining how he or she will make the necessary changes. This group meets with the non-compliant person monthly for updates to monitor progress. The purpose of the contract and meetings is not to punish or humiliate the non-compliant person, but to encourage and support their making the necessary changes.
- If this still does not solve the problem, the four people may recommend termination of membership or residency to the general membership.
- If most of those involved at any step in the series want to take an action but one or more people block it, in conformance with our agreed consensus process, the persons blocking it must come up with an alternative that has the same goal — to get the member in question to honour their agreements or conform to behavioural norms.
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