The Motion Carries

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Washington, D.C.- based lobbyist and legislative analyst  who has served as Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians, Thomas Balch talks about the widely used rule book for meetings he helped write, Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th Edition.


Thomas Balch

Comments [4]

Alex from Brooklyn

First off, I am surprised that a journalist such as yourself took this long to visit the OWS site.

That said, as the the issue at hand, that park was never much of a public place. When I worked in the area, I frequented the park as a place to sit and scarf down some street meat. But the "park" itself is not inviting nor is it particularly attractive.

In fact, this is the point. The park, named after the Chairman of Brookfield Properties, is really just a wink and nod to what public spaces should be.

I think we can save our tears for the poor lawyers and bankers that can't sit on the concrete slabs eating Subway Sandwiches. Certainly this occupation suggests that there are larger and more important issues at hand.

Nov. 08 2011 11:05 AM
jesse from NYC

I would have liked to hear Brian explain further the unqualified assumptions he made in his introduction. He claimed that the public intent of Zuccotti Park was to be a place for workers to eat their lunch and businessman to stroll through. This was juxtaposed against the occupation of the park by OWS which had limited the "public's" use of the park, in the manner in which he described in his intro.

Nov. 08 2011 11:04 AM

I'm a physicist and I've witnessed how chaotic meetings of large scientific collaborations can be. Robert's Rules of Order would be great for meetings of experiments like those at the Large Hadron Collider, which have thousands of members.

Nov. 08 2011 10:56 AM
Connie from nj

My sixth-grade teacher tried to teach our class Robert's rules of order, in the late 60s. I don't think any of us understood the point of them, at 11 years of age.

Nov. 08 2011 10:50 AM

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