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  Consensus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Consensus upon a particular formal model of consensus can lead to groupthink, by making it harder for those who reject any that formal model to have their case heard out in informal terms or using a different model.
As this example suggests, the concept of consensus is a particularly important one in the context of society and government, and forms a cornerstone of the concept of democracy.
In some cases, consensus decision making may encourage groupthink, a situation in which people modify their opinions to reflect what they believe others want them to think, leading to a situation in which a group makes a decision that none of the members individually think is wise.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Consensus   (1522 words)

 Wikipedia:Consensus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In disputes, the term consensus is often used as if it means anything from genuine consensus to my position; it is possible to see both sides in a revert war claiming a consensus for its version of the article.
Note that consensus can only work among reasonable editors who are making a good faith effort to work together to accurately and appropriately describe the different views on the subject.
The preferred way to deal with this problem is to draw the attention of more editors to the issue by one of the methods of dispute resolution, such as consulting a third party, filing a request for comment (on the article in question), and requesting mediation.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wikipedia:Consensus   (709 words)

 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Consensus decision-making
Consensus decision-making is a decision process that not only seeks the agreement of most participants, but also to resolve or mitigate the objections of the minority to achieve the most agreeable decision.
Consensus decisions are especially vulnerable to sabotage of all kinds, so the assignment of action roles, monitoring (from the original majority and minority opinion to some future time when the results of both sets of predictions can be debated), and other followup (e.g.
Consensus decision-making has also been criticized in that it allows responsiblity for a decision to be spread among group members, making no one person accountable for the consequences of a decision.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Consensus_decision_making   (3131 words)

 Building Consensus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Within groups of 300 or so, consensus takes fractally differents shapes: the group might have a single faciliator, and the 300 members may be arranged into mini-groups of 5 using consensus and with one spokesperson who speaks in the larger group.
Consensus is a system that promotes participation because each person has the power to make changes in the system, and to prevent changes that they find unacceptable.
Since consensus would give everyone power to have their voice be heard, it would force people to listen to each other, and answer their concerns instead of moving past them.
www.msu.edu /~corcora5/org/consensus.html   (1553 words)

 Consensus tree   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Normally, a consensus tree summarizes a set of trees all based on the same set of data, but sometimes a consensus tree may be used to summarize trees derived from different datasets.
If this tree were the result of a strict consensus, it would indicate that CD and EF appeared as monophyletic sisters in all the fundamental trees, which is not the case.
It is related to the majority consensus; a 50% majority consensus tree is a median consensus; with a higher or lower than 50% retention the median option may be utilized.
lifesciences.asu.edu /bio470/jfouquette/Outlines/016.consensus.html   (1053 words)

 Extensive Forum Thread on Consensus Decision Making   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
With consensus people may express dissent in discussion, to be sure, but ultimately the aim is that everyone leaves the room thinking that everyone agrees about the deicsion when, in fact, often everyone doesn't agree but, instead, dissenters have simply submerged their dissent because they feel it would be inappropriate to manifest it.
To me, a consensus approach might actually be a good one to the desk problem, ie, where the person next to you doesn't care, their consensus would probably be easy to obtain, and where they are really offended you probably should remove whatever it is that offends them.
Advocates of consensus have, wittingly or not, elevated it to some kind of badge of being just, a necessary part of being left, etc. and the result is bad as in the case you describe.
www.zmag.org /forums/consenthread.htm   (18757 words)

 Consensus Decision Making
Consensus does not mean that everyone thinks that the decision made is necessarily the best one possible, or even that they are sure it will work.
Consensus takes more time and member skill, but uses lots of resources before a decision is made, creates commitment to the decision and often facilitates creative decision.
For consensus to be a positive experience, it is best if the group has 1) common values, 2) some skill in group process and conflict resolution, or a commitment to let these be facilitated, 3) commitment and responsibility to the group by its members and 4) sufficient time for everyone to participate in the process.
www.actupny.org /documents/CDdocuments/Consensus.html   (977 words)

 Consensus Decision Making
Consensus is based on the belief that each person has some part of the truth and that no one has all of it (no matter how tempting it is to believe that we ourselves really know best!) It is also based on a respect for all persons involved in the decision being considered.
A refusal to enter consensus should be based on a very strong belief that the decision is wrong--and that the dissenter(s) would be doing the group a great disservice by allowing the decision to go forward.
In consensus, all agree with the decision and all important disagreements are resolved.
www.casagordita.com /consensus.htm   (1410 words)

 Consensus Rule
Consensus building efforts depend upon a willingness of the parties to compromise and give up some of what they want so that others can have some of what they want.
Consensus processes require that everyone at the table agree on all decisions that are made.
Consensus building also benefits from strong fact-finding capabilities and an ability to deal with a variety of procedural problems including: persuading people to participate in the process, developing a workable process structure, ground rules, and representation.
www.colorado.edu /conflict/peace/treatment/consenpr.htm   (641 words)

 Aliens Cause Global Warming
Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.
Thus the consensus took one hundred and twenty five years to arrive at the right conclusion despite the efforts of the prominent "skeptics" around the world, skeptics who were demeaned and ignored.
The consensus of scientists said it was infectious, and what was necessary was to find the "pellagra germ." The US government asked a brilliant young investigator, Dr. Joseph Goldberger, to find the cause.
www.crichton-official.com /speeches/speeches_quote04.html   (5004 words)

 Consensus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Consensus calculates a consensus sequence for a set of pre-aligned short nucleic acid sequences by tabulating the percent of G, A, T, and C for each position in the set.
Consensus does not use one of the standard GCG file formats as its input file, but instead requires a file in a specific format that you must create with a text editor.
Consensus makes no attempt to align the sequences in the input file, so you should be sure that they are optimally aligned before running the program.
bioportal.weizmann.ac.il /education/materials/gcg/consensus.html   (842 words)

 Copenhagen Consensus 2004 – addresses 10 major challenges in the world. - Home
We are proud that the goal of Copenhagen Consensus has been achieved: a prioritized list of solutions to the world's great challenges.
The Environmental Assessment Institute is grateful for the generous sponsors of Copenhagen Consensus: The Tuborg Foundation and the Carlsberg Bequest to the Memory of Brewer IC Jacobsen, the Ministry of the Environment, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, and The Economist.
The results of the Copenhagen Consensus Youth Forum, which shadowed the experts' panel, can be found here (Youth Forum results).
www.copenhagenconsensus.com   (258 words)

 A Guide to Formal Consensus
Consensus is more than the sum total of ideas of the individuals in the group.
After having spent the allotted agenda time moving through the three levels of discussion trying to achieve consensus and concerns remain which are unresolved, the facilitator is obligated to declare that consensus cannot be reached at this meeting, that the proposal is blocked, and move on to the next agenda item.
For consensus to work well, it is helpful for individuals to recognize the group's involvement in determining which concerns are able to be resolved, which need more attention, and, ultimately, which are blocking consensus.
www.ic.org /pnp/ocac   (12627 words)

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Consensus building (also known as collaborative problem solving or collaboration) is a conflict-resolution process used mainly to settle complex, multiparty disputes.
Consensus building is important in today's interconnected society because many problems exist that affect diverse groups of people with different interests.
Consensus building refers to a range of processes used to foster dialogue, clarify areas of agreement and disagreement, and resolve controversial issues.
www.beyondintractability.org /m/consensus_building.jsp   (7035 words)

CONSENSUS : Identification of consensus patterns in unaligned DNA and protein sequences (Hertz, Stormo)
For consensus, this number is indicated by the width (-L).
Identification of consensus patterns in unaligned DNA and protein sequences: a large-deviation statistical basis for penalizing gaps.
bioweb.pasteur.fr /seqanal/interfaces/consensus.html   (756 words)

 Consensus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Since 1984, Consensus has provided citizens with the neutral environment and the tools they need to study, recommend and pursue action on policy issues that affect metropolitan Kansas City.
Consensus directs KC Forums, a collaborative effort with the Center for the City at UMKC with funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Consensus provides top-quality, reasonably priced services in public policy research, public communication and civic engagement, backed up by its longstanding reputation for objectivity and integrity.
www.kcconsensus.org   (180 words)

 NT Gateway Weblog: Mark Goodacre's Academic New Testament Blog
As someone standing outside the consensus on one major issue (the Synoptic Problem), I have found it frustrating to see appeals to consensus used as an excuse for a refusal to think.
Indeed, I have argued that the repetition of the consensus view simply because it is the consensus view is one of the things that has contributed to the dominance of that view.
And, as Christopher's remarks make clear, there is a danger in appealing to consensus when you may have someone respond with, "I disagree; I don't think the consensus lies there." And this is where this thread began, with my own remarks on where Tom Wright was placing the consensus, I thought incorrectly.
ntgateway.com /weblog/2005/07/less-of-consensus-on-consensus.html   (1376 words)

 What's Wrong With Consensus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Consensus is the very essence of the Hegelian principle.
And true to definition, each member of the "consensus circle" is expected to abide, support, and accept ownership of the "synthesis of opposing views." This obviously means that people must change their existing belief systems in order to come to consensus — to Oneness of Mind.
When one understands the purpose of consensus, that it is intended to produce the Oneness of Mind necessary to dialectical materialism, one understands why it stands counter to the best interests of our country.
www.premier1.net /~barkonwd/school/CNSENSUS.HTM   (970 words)

 Consensus Economics - Economic forecasts and indicators
Consensus Economics, founded in 1989, is the world's leading international economic survey organization and polls more than 700 economists each month to obtain their forecasts and views.
These economic forecasts are compiled into a series of publications, devoted to the world's major Industrialized Countries (G-7 and Western Europe), the emerging economies of Asia Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe, and International Currencies.
These show consensus forecasts, as well as the predictions of individual forecasters, and are distributed to our subscribers in hard copy by air mail and e-mail (in.PDF and excel spreadsheet formats).
www.consensuseconomics.com   (114 words)

 Washington Consensus
The phrase “Washington Consensus” is today a very popular and often pilloried term in debates about trade and development.
It is often seen as synonymous with “neoliberalism” and “globalization.” As the phrase’s originator, John Williamson, says: “Audiences the world over seem to believe that this signifies a set of neoliberal policies that have been imposed on hapless countries by the Washington-based international financial institutions and have led them to crisis and misery.
As many of the Washington Consensus’ policy components — however it is defined — relate directly to trade policy, it is a debate worth following.
www.cid.harvard.edu /cidtrade/issues/washington.html   (469 words)

 Consensus Process   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Significantly, consensus process treats the differences between people not as problems, but as stimulants to deeper inquiry and greater wisdom.
While consensus process is most directly applicable to groups of up to several dozen people, it has been expanded to groups of thousands by dividing people into smaller groups who send spokespeople to a spokescouncil.
Both the smaller groups and the spokescouncil are run by consensus, and issues go back and forth between the two levels until full agreement is reached.
www.co-intelligence.org /P-consensus.html   (557 words)

 Consensus : Building the Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Not counting the 110,000 lost in the Seminex split—since those persons did not leave the Lutheran Church per se, but their congregations switched Lutheran bodies—this is an effective loss of approximately 207,000 members over 32 years.
Resolution 8-01A, "To Amend Bylaws on Ecclesiastical Supervision and Dispute Resolution," was passed at the 2004 LCMS Convention by a vote of 683 to 528.
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest © 2002 by Consensus.
www.consensuslutheran.org   (1963 words)

 3 General Policies for W3C Groups
Consensus: Nobody objects to the decision (but one or more people abstain).
A group SHOULD only conduct a vote to resolve a substantive issue after the Chair has determined that all available means of reaching consensus through technical discussion and compromise have failed, and that a vote is necessary to break a deadlock.
For instance, the Chair often conducts a "straw poll" vote as a means of determining whether there is consensus about a potential decision.
www.w3.org /2003/06/Process-20030618/policies.html   (1951 words)

 Consensus Building   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
(The necessity of social consensus for the construction of viable social structures is discussed in \cite{TUV82}.) Of course healthy and vibrant debate continues about many aspects of theory in all disciplines, and is further necessary to continue it.
But also, we fully recognize that any achieved consensus will inevitably be shared by a limited research community, perhaps only the Editors.
This development need not be held consensually by Editors, but should be similar in spirit and style to the Consensus Nodes.
pespmc1.vub.ac.be /CONBUILD.html   (709 words)

 RealClimate » Just what is this Consensus anyway? En quoi consiste le “Consensus” ?
The consensus that exists is that of the IPCC reports, in particular the working group I report (there are three WG's.
The existence of the consensus shouldn't be used to hide the fact that there are areas of doubt.
So, I think the consensus is (or should be) that humans have some degree of influence (pun intended) in an ever-changing climate, which may or may not lead to catastrophic effects at some point in the future.
www.realclimate.org /index.php?p=86   (6135 words)

 Consensus - National Futures and Financial Investment Newspaper
CONSENSUS is one of the largest online resources of in-depth research for trading the markets.
CONSENSUS National Futures and Financial Weekly has been serving its customers for 30 years with the latest, most up-to-date news and analysis in the stock and futures marketplace.
Each issue includes the CONSENSUS Bullish Sentiment Index Of Market Opinion, the CONSENSUS Report of Commitments of Traders, Daily Price Charts, and economic reports from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Commerce, Labor and others.
www.consensus-inc.com   (842 words)

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