During the January 30th general meeting, Vicky started a conversation on using hand signals during meetings as a way to rank speaker order and mark shifts between the topic at hand (*sad trombone*) and the conversation's meta-process. A number of you spoke up with a lot of great perspectives and ideas. I'd like to net in the lot of you interested in this topic so we can create a concrete proposal for the general meeting.
Vicky's cooperative housing example
The example I brought up were signals from my old consensus-run housing cooperative. Imagine the following symbols as being formed by hands. They are described in descending order of priority:
(^) Point of Process
The conversation is getting out of the facilitator's facilitation; An aspect of the Articles of Association is relevant to the conversation and should be mentioned; etc.
(! ) Point of Information
You know a fact about something and bring it up in order to clarify the conversation; etc.
Wait, what does that mean? Could you clarify what you mean? etc.
(=) Direct Response
I have a comment that directly clarifies a comment, point of information or point of process, or answers a question.
blah blah point of view or general comment.