Q&B Management Committee Meeting May 2020 – a personal reflection
A view from Arne Govaerts, who visited the Q&B Management Committee (MC) meeting on Tuesday 5th May 2020, held online using Zoom.
After a video call with Eoin McCarthy to welcome me as a new Q&B member, he recommended to ask the clerks to invite me to the upcoming Q&B MC meeting to become more familiar with the Quaker Business Method (QBM), as I had never experienced the QBM , although I am an attender to the Ghent, Belgium meeting.
Fast-forward a week, I logged in to the Zoom meeting, too early to make sure to not disturb to normal flow to much. Immediately I was welcomed by Wendrie Heywood and Fides Matzdorf, asked if I have any questions beforehand and, on a more informal tone, where I was physically at the moment in time.
Something that interested me was the fact that only the essence is discussed. If there is no clear vision or consensus, it will be saved for later. If no discussion is necessary, then no discussion takes place. Most of the time only reporting on the current state of the project under review. This meant, that although the agenda was long, the time required was as minimal as possible.
Another interesting part was the way of taking notes by the clerk. The minutes represent almost precisely the thoughts of the people present in the meeting. When the discussion of an agenda point ended, the clerk formulated the final statement or minute and asked for acceptance which is replied with a thumbs up (it was a video call after all) or a humble “I hope so”.
Unfortunately, I had to leave early, partly due to the time difference. I thanked, in the chat to not disturb the still ongoing meeting too much, for their welcome and the experience which they provided me.
To conclude, my personal impression was very positive. The QBM is a very valuable tool, which very well can be used in a Quaker and non-Quaker context.