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Message 25588 · Fiona · 5 Apr 2001 22:50:51 · Top

Musing on the state of organisation for Scottish country dancing....

Keith wrote:
At its best, tradition acts like a low-pass filter, moderating the
high-frequency whims and gusts of opinion that shift this way then that way.
This hopefully allows time for deeper thought and consensus to occur before
changes are introduced. At its worst, tradition fixates, attempting to
stifle all change, including those based on new knowledge and understanding
of functionality.
Marilynn wrote:
Maybe the only institutions we should trust are those who welcome rebel
thinking???

As it happens..
The RSCDS are trying to proceed along the road to structural and electoral
change. The General Purposes committee meet this coming week-end to discuss
and agree options for change which will be then be sent out for consultation
to branches, following which, branch representatives will vote on these at
the Executive Council meeting in May.

Any RSCDS members interested in such things could contact their local branch
secretary or branch Executive Council representative and ask to see copies
of the briefing document and make their opinions known.

Is it possible, I wonder, for the RSCDS to become a "Learning Organisation"
?

Fiona
Bristol, UK

Footnote for those interested in management/organisational theory on
Learning Organisations:
see The Learning Organisation Meme: the Emergence of a Management Replicator
(or Parrots, Patterns and Performance) at
http://members.aol.com/ifprice/ppatperf.html
Paper particularly recommended for Monty Pythons interested in Norwegian
Blues and other assorted occupational psychologists, management consultants,
MIPDs, HR specialists, biologists, anthropologists, economists, members of
the RSCDS.

Education and Training as was, now is of the RSCDS

Message 25592 · mlbrown · 6 Apr 2001 00:33:56 · Top

Fiona wrote:

> As it happens..
> The RSCDS are trying to proceed along the road to structural and electoral
> change. The General Purposes committee meet this coming week-end to
discuss
> and agree options for change which will be then be sent out for
consultation
> to branches, following which, branch representatives will vote on these at
> the Executive Council meeting in May.
>
> Any RSCDS members interested in such things could contact their local
branch
> secretary or branch Executive Council representative and ask to see copies
> of the briefing document and make their opinions known.

Dale Carnegie insists that nobody likes criticism, so this is not criticism,
merely an observation.
Next Saturday is April 7th.
The following weekend is Easter.
The Exec meeting is in early May.
Does not give a lot of time for the branches to form an opinion on any
options proposed.
(We only have monthly committee meetings, with the next meeting on Sunday
8th).

Malcolm

Malcolm & Helen Brown
Tir-Nan-Og
York (UK)

Education and Training as was, now is of the RSCDS

Message 25616 · Chris1Ronald · 8 Apr 2001 21:54:04 · Top

In a message dated 04/05/2001 4:44:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
mlbrown@supanet.com writes:

> Does not give a lot of time for the branches to form an opinion on any
> options proposed.

True. But I would like to thank Fiona for tipping us off about this. Is
there any chance, Fiona, of the documents in question being e-mailed to the
Branches?

Chris.

Education and Training as was, now is of the RSCDS

Message 25618 · John P. McClure · 8 Apr 2001 22:53:18 · Top

Re emailing discussion papers to branches: presumably branch secretaries
would be the recipient. Not all branch secretaries will receive email.
Possibly, a larger number of branches would have one or more members with
web access, and I wonder whether posting documents of this sort on the HQ
pages would make them accessable by a larger number of people. As I write
this, I have a feeling that the suggestion was made by someone else not
too long ago, and I think it would be a good idea. No doubt this would be
an additional burden for the HQ staff, but not likely any greater than
preparing the documents for email transmission. Something else to put on
the "to do" list.

Peter McClure
Winnipeg, MB

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