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Sender: Michael Briand
Subject: Re: Fwd: Action: Creating a coalition for a revenue neutral carbon tax for payroll o
Date: Sun, Aug 17, 2014
Msg: 101121

Friends:

I'm sure the issue proposed by Michael S. would lead to a useful and productive discussion. But I don't wish to weigh in on the matter of what topics we ought to consider or what actions we might take. I want only to observe that it's very difficult to get anywhere in decision-oriented conversations like this without being explicit about our purpose and our criteria for evaluating and choosing among options.

Even if we don't need something as formal and detailed as a strategic plan, we still need to think, generally, as if that's what we're developing: a plan that addresses purpose, goals, objectives, resources and assets, obstacles and deficits, criteria for action, action options, deliberation, prioritization, decision, timeline, division of labor, evaluation, etc. I know this will strike some as unnecessary. I can only repeat what I've said before: go slow to go fast.

Despite (or because of) the rich discussion we've enjoyed to date, I'm becoming less sure of where we're headed. I would recommend backing up a bit and talking, even if only briefly, about purpose, goals, decision criteria, and action options--or even further, by taking the survey Bruce constructed. In the absence of clarity about these, and of course speaking only for myself, I worry about finding myself unable to make sense of it all.

Thanks.

Michael Briand Chico, CA 530.345.3709

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