[OPE-L:6770] Re: list procedures and coordination

From: gerald_a_levy (gerald_a_levy@msn.com)
Date: Tue Mar 19 2002 - 07:19:12 EST

Re Alfredo's [6764]:

In principle, I am not opposed to the following (indeed if done 
_well_ it would be a great benefit to both the list  and myself) but 
-- as they say -- "the devil is in the details".

E.g.  -- no offense intended to anyone in particular -- there are 
some listmembers for whom it would be  absolute hell to work 
with on such a committee (and indeed would *greatly* raise my 
stress level and time commitment).  So, an absolute pre-requisite 
for me is  that whichever individuals are part of this committee are
easy to work with.  I don't think that asking  on-list for  volunteers  
will ensure this (or the following) result.   Instead, I think it would 
be better if individual listmembers (bearing the following paragraph
in mind) were asked.

In general,  I think the list would be best served -- *if* we decide to
go ahead with Alfredo's proposal -- by a *SMALL* group  (a large 
committee would be very stressful and a real killer)  of people who 
are respected by all and considered to be fair, who represent diverse 
theoretical and political  perspectives,  and who come from various 
parts of the world. A committee of  4-5 listmembers besides myself
should be large enough to be moderately representative but small 
enough to be workable. I would anticipate, within this new structure, 
remaining list coordinator for the foreseeable future.

However, other than Alfredo, no one else has made their thoughts
known about his proposal and I would  feel a lot better before going 
ahead with this change if I knew that is what the rest of you want.

In solidarity, Jerry

>>> Everyone knows that I admire and fully support Jerry's extraordinary work on OPE-L. Jerry has been carrying this heavy burden carefully and conscientiously for several years, and he deserves nothing but admiration for what he, and the list as a whole, have achieved, and will continue to achieve in the future. 
However, recent events show that Jerry has been put in a disadvantaged and very exposed position, and this is both unfair and wrong. In order to fulfil his multiple tasks as list co-ordinator and mediator, Jerry has been put in the impossible position of having to relate to all of us, both simultaneously and separately, at different levels at the same time. This may be one of the main reasons why Jerry is vulnerable to disagreement - even at a personal level - with good friends and comrades, even with risk to his own health (as he explained in a recent message). These are things that we can all live without, and Jerry neither needs nor deserves this type of aggravation. 
I would like to make a proposal, which I will do in good faith - I will also withdraw this proposal should Jerry or others object. In these matters, consensus is the only way forward. I think that the list would benefit if Jerry selected, or if we somehow chose, a very small number of people to help Jerry, Allin and Rakesh with different aspects of the management of the list. 
A measure of collective responsibility in day-to-day management would allow Jerry to maintain his involvement with the list while reducing the degree of his personal exposure, thus preserving his own work and life from any conflicts that may arise on OPE-L. 
Having said this, I want to reiterate that I fully support and admire Jerry's work. Moreover, this proposal is not meant to exclude anyone from anything - the idea is, rather, to allow everyone to feel *included* while, at the same time, reducing Jerry's own exposure and eliminating the personal aspect of the disagreements that we have experienced recently. <<<

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