Too often someone says, "To kill an idea, appoint a committee." The applications of this thought are discomforting and even dangerous. Committees are the heart and soul of the democratic system. Creative policy making and decision through committee discussion form the core of our way of life. We would expect, therefore, that the committee discussion would be one of the most efficient operations in our society. Too rarely is this true. The criticism of the "committee system" is forcing us to the disjunction of either abandoning committees in favor of authoritarian decisions or of exerting some concentrated effort toward their improvement. This latter alternative is obviously more desirable. To this end a system of group self-analysis is being developed by experiment and practice. Basic to this system is the work of the group observer.
Keltner, John W.
"How an Observer can Help a Committee...,"
The Gavel of Delta Sigma Rho: Vol. 31:
3, Article 6.
Available at: https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/gavel/vol31/iss3/6