Community Village Meeting
Feb 11, Second THURSDAY, 7PM
Council Candidates for February Confirmation
Pictures from the 2012 Fair
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Wild Edibles Video
As a part of the social conscience of the Oregon Country Fair, the Community Village has come to consensus to express our profound and heartfelt support and solidarity for the Global Occupation. We commend the OCF Board for the support that they have shown to Occupy Eugene, and encourage that support to continue. We also encourage all of our fair family to get involved in their local Occupations, sharing generously of whatever skills and resources we have. For information about Occupy Eugene, visit www.occupyeugenemedia.org
Council Selection Process 2012-13,
Persons volunteering to serve on the Coordinating Council deserve a respectful and fair confirmation process. No candidate should be blindsided publicly with a concern they have not already had a chance to respond to privately. When concerns are expressed about their candidacy at a Village Meeting, discussion will be minimal, with the candidate given equal time to comment on specific concerns. But the majority of the conversation between the person with the concern and the candidate will occur privately between them and perhaps the Council. Resolutions of concerns should be shared with the Village when they have been reached.
People will stand for Council at the January Village meeting. If someone would like to be on Council but absolutely cannot make it to this meeting, they must send someone to stand for them. The Council candidates will make a statement or answer questions regarding who they are, their Village/Fair experience, etc. Candidates for Council must provide contact info and be accessible during the next week.
Anyone about whom no concerns are raised prior to the January Council meeting will be confirmed at the February Village meeting.
A person may not feel safe, or able to tactfully discuss their concerns with a candidate, so a person with a concern may be accompanied by an advocate.
To allow some time to work out a solution, the January Council meeting will be held the second week following the general meeting.
Someone may bring up a concern about a candidate publicly at a meeting if and only if they have warned the candidate that they may bring up that concern and have made an attempt to resolve it. The Villager must contact the candidate within 7 days of the January Village meeting, and if the concern is not resolved in a person to person conversation, another attempt must be made at the January Council Meeting.
A village member may stand aside or block a Council candidate only if he/she has taken his/her shared concern through the process described above.
In the midst of sparkling crystals, aromatic foods, and a river of people rests an island of idealism, the Community Village. At the heart of the Fair, Community Village promotes social and environmental awareness by providing a forum for the free communication of ideas. The process of putting The Village together is as significant as the end itself, as we organize cooperatively through consensus decision-making.
Since 1976, we have grown from a modest display of appropriate technology to a community involving the energies of individuals from over 90 organizations.