Posted by Toph on March 18, 2005, at 10:22:55
In reply to Re: some thoughts, posted by Dr. Bob on March 17, 2005, at 19:12:07
>... the structure of the workplace is a mixture of autocratic management direction and work group autonomy. It is common in organizations caught in transition between a bureaucratic and democratic structure.
>...That's why it can be good that change is slow. The idea would be to balance (1) retaining the current culture and (2) giving posters more say in determining what's acceptable.
As I see it, part of the problem with a democatization of a support group is the dependency thing that you mentioned somewhere, but also that with members gaining authority comes responsibility. We now individually choose to object to an unsupportive poster. As a member with authority we would have a duty to object. Likewise, we choose to support a harmed or stuggling member under the current format (and we do it well IMO), but a democratic structure would rely on representatives to care for all members and to manage all threatening conduct.
But with responsibility doesn't one develop a greater investment in the welfare of the community? I guess Bob could best answer that question.