[Northern] Northern Regional Warlord

cbackus@peakonline.com cbackus at peakonline.com
Tue May 15 12:56:51 PDT 2001

Thanks, that's what I was getting at.


On Tue, 15 May 2001 11:19:56 +1100
 Lori Campbell <LCAMPBEL at ossm.edu> wrote:
> > Hawkins wrote:
> > Which nobles in the Wastelands need to be consulted?
> Of course the seneschallate of the Wastelands would be
> the appropriate entity to organize a "group" reply on
> this or
> any other issue.  I'm absolutely certain the nobility
> there would
> agree.
> > I would like to put in a voice that if this comes up, I
> don't want
> > to have to go through whichever nobility gets to claim
> my voice
> > and maybe just speak for myself.
> We definitely did *not* want to claim to speak for our
> entire group
> on this matter.  I don't know about other groups, but
> Wiesenfeuer is
> full of very strong minded individuals (many of whom
> claim longer
> careers in the SCA than I).  They would have strongly
> resented Barn
> or I presuming to speak for them (even the ones who share
> our
> opinions).
> This is precisely the reason that we did not collect
> ballots at our
> meeting and submit them as a group.  We felt that would
> be forcing
> people to participate (peer pressure is a strong thing).
> What we
> did do was offer the survey, along with the supplemental
> information) and strongly encourage people to respond as
> individuals.
> We suspected that, if their opinions had to go through
> our hands
> first, people (especially newcomers) might not feel free
> to say what
> they think.  We didn't want anyone to feel pressured to
> write down
> what they thought we wanted them to say.  This was an
> especially
> important issue to us as we've often been accused of
> "retaliating
> against people who oppose us" and of "using our position
> (or titles)
> to pressure people to our way of thinking."
> As the Crown's representatives, we felt it was essential
> to maintain
> as fair and open-minded a process as possible.  Some
> might see this
> as sheilding our populace, but if that is true, then the
> only thing
> we shielded them from was our anti-principality opinion.
> We see how
> we handled this survey as encouraging growth, learning
> and
> independent response on key political issues.
> Kat  >^.,.^<
> Wiesenfeuer

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