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 Consensus decision-making - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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.
An example of a prominent organization that uses consensus-seeking decision-making is the Green Party.
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.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Consensus_decision_making   (4140 words)

  
 Consensus Decision Making
Consensus is mutual agreement among team members that all legitimate concerns of individuals have been addressed by the group and everyone agrees to support the decision.
The image of the effective principal has evolved from one who is all-knowing, tough, and single-minded, to one who can motivate and challenge his or her staff to be creative and competent, and who can participate in team decision making.
Effective decision making is not a mysterious process.
www.ballfoundation.org /ei/tools/consensus.html   (371 words)

  
 Consensus Team Decision Making
Decision making within government, among nations in alliances and coalitions, in the joint arena, or in public-private sector partnerships hinges on the ability of top decision-making teams to forge a consensus for action.
Consensus acts as the "power plant" within the national security decision making system, or the private sector, to sustain policy decisions through implementation either in the government bureaucracy, or in the market place.
Such teams improve their decision making by using a process of consensus, a process useful when developing national security strategy, military strategy, or strategic planning in other public or private sectors.
www.au.af.mil /au/awc/awcgate/ndu/strat-ldr-dm/pt3ch11.html   (5392 words)

  
 RNC NOT WELCOME: Consensus Decision Making
Consensus assures that everyone has a voice in the decision making process, synthesizing all ideas into one plan that all participants agree to implement.
Consensus is a decision making process based not on "majority rule," but the greater agreement of the community.
Consensus is reached when all members of a group, committee, or organization agree that a proposal is best for the group; individuals may not agree with everything in the proposal, but a commitment to community building and needs makes consensus work.
www.rncnotwelcome.org /consensus.html   (430 words)

  
 Neighborhood Toolkit :: Consensus Decision Making
The reason for making decisions by consensus is twofold: First, the decision is based on more information and input and therefore will be a wiser, more complete solution - a "better" solution.
Four conditions favor effective consensus decision making: A facilitative process leader; agreement up front about group ground rules; a willingness to spend time on decision making; and a knowledge of different process techniques.
Consensus is not unanimity; consensus means that people who belong to the group will support the decision.
pprc.umsl.edu /base_pages/cnd/toolkit/07a.htm   (322 words)

  
 Consensus
The consensus usually works with a facilitator, who is agreed by the group at the start of the meeting.
Consensus is based on the principle that every voice is worth hearing, every concern is justified.
But the block gives each individual ultimate power to influence decisions that affect her/him.
www.globenet.org /horizon-local/perso/consent.html   (450 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)

  
 Seeds for Change - workshops and training for grassroots campaigners
Consensus is a decision-making process that works creatively to include all persons making the decision.
Within the co-operative movement many housing co-ops and businesses are using consensus successfully, including making difficult financial and management decisions.
Another benefit of consensus is that all members agree to the final decision and therefore are much more committed to actually turning this decision into reality.
seedsforchange.org.uk /free/consens   (3238 words)

  
 Consensus Decision Making
Consensus is a cooperative, democratic decision making process.
Every content decision must be openly discussed before it can be tested for consensus.
Consensus is based on the belief that each person has some part of the truth and no one has all of it.
www.whitehawk.org /page8.html   (416 words)

  
 Reclaiming: iNVERT Consensus Decision-Making
Consensus cannot work unless people are responsible regarding their use of this power (i.e., is my objection real, valid and basic to the decision at hand, or is my objection petty, nitpicking or a personal ego trip?).
The fundamental right of consensus is for all persons to be able to express themselves in their own words and of their own will; the fundamental responsibility of consensus is to assure other of their right to speak and to be heard.
Consensus is the name of a broad category of processes_ it is not the name of one particular process.
www.reclaiming.org /resources/consensus/invert.html   (946 words)

  
 Olsten Manager's Letter: Consensus Decision Making
While the familiar definition of consensus is a decision everyone can live with, Griffith's definition is more pragmatic: "seventy percent or more in favor and lack of a good strong argument against." Also, he says, it means trusting that the decision arrived at will be the correct one in that situation.
Remember, as Griffith says, "Consensus is not a unanimous decision." But if it's developed within an atmosphere of trust and respect, people will support a decision that's less than their ideal.
For a manager used to making tough business decisions quickly and independently, time is often at issue.
www.olsten.com /staffing/links/manlet16-6.html   (1207 words)

  
 Extensive Forum Thread on Consensus Decision Making
A decision making procedure is not a principle, it is a tactic that one chooses or not.
With other methods of decision making, if you dissent in this decision, and the decision to provide the loan is passed, YOU must decide whether to stay or leave, but others have no such problem.
Important decisions that NEED a system of decision making are precisely those on which parties on all sides comparably strongly....
www.zmag.org /forums/consenthread.htm   (18757 words)

  
 Tree Bressen - Articles - Consensus Basics
Consensus is a thoroughly cooperative form of decision-making.
Consensus process is a powerful tool for bringing groups together to move forward with decisions that are inspired and effective.
If that's all too much to cover, then just go for the core: if there is a proposal, and especially if there is a consensus decision, that needs to be stated clearly and explicitly.
www.treegroup.info /articles/A1-consensus_basics.html   (2616 words)

  
 Consensus Decision Making
In summary, consensus decisions can be better than other kinds because they enable groups to achieve higher-quality decisions (when pooling knowledge is desirable) and higher commitment to action (when acceptance of the decision is necessary for effective implementation).
In consensus, all agree with the decision and all important disagreements are resolved.
Often, other kinds of decision (such as people deciding alone, managers deciding, voting) are better than consensus, but when consensus is likely to be most effective, people need to know how to reach it.
www.welcomehome.org /rainbow/focalizers/consenseus.html   (514 words)

  
 Consensus decision-making - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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 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.
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.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Consensus_decision-making   (514 words)

  
 SkyDancer - Consensus Decision-Making
Making a commitment to consensus is not making a commitment to agree, but rather
(Previously I was making this decision by myself, but I asked the group to do it with me, because I don't like the power differential from having that authority, and also in order to have the benefit of everyone's thinking.)
Consensus, as I understand it, is about learning to tolerate differences of opinion, so that people can work together even with their differences.
www.loudzen.com /skydancer/esangha/consensus.html   (356 words)

  
 Steps to Reaching Consensus
When to Use: Whenever making a consensus decision
First, review the meaning of consensus and the process of achieving consensus.
Do not make agreements too quickly or compromise too early in the process.
www.ballfoundation.org /ei/tools/consensus/steps.html   (298 words)

  
 Consensus decision-making - documents
Consensus Model of Decision-Making" in Final Report of the Special Commission on Orthodox participation in the WCC (August-September 2002)
Consensus decision-making as a procedure for WCC meetings
"Special Commission on Orthodox participation in the WCC: Consensus on consensus as appropriate decision-making method for the Council" – 21 November 2001 press update
www.wcc-coe.org /wcc/who/consensus.html   (171 words)

  
 Consensus Decision Making
Adapted from Consensus Decision Making, WSU Cooperative Extension Family Community Leadership and "Concensus" in Community Leadership Leader's Guide.
Make a decision; when it's reached make sure it is written so that everyone can see it.
Enough time will be spent that all voices are heard and understood before an effort to finalize a decision is made, however long that takes.
www.spokane-county.wsu.edu /family/consen.htm   (215 words)

  
 Mosaic Commons Decisions
Decisions made through consensus are often better than the original proposals, as people shape possible options through discussion, unlike in a traditional "yes/no" voting process.
Mosaic Commons makes decisions using a consensus-seeking process.
When dealing with decisions pertaining to organizational and administrative structure, finances, acquisition and disposal of property interests, and legal concerns of the Group, each Member Household shall be entitled to a single vote.
www.mosaic-commons.org /decisions/2001-08.html   (215 words)

  
 BUILDING SOCIAL PARTNERSHIP
Nedlac's origins lie in the struggle against apartheid, against unilateral government decision-making, and in the calls from all sectors of society for decisions to be taken in a more inclusive and transparent manner.
Seek to reach consensus and conclude agreements pertaining to social and economic policy.
The decision to incorporate a fourth constituency in Nedlac and the actual process (documented below) of constituting this constituency were both novel developments in the history and experience of cooperative institutions such as Nedlac.
www.nedlac.org.za /docs/reports/annual/1996/over1.html   (215 words)

  
 babble: Consensus decision-making
Consensus decision making certainly did not work on that occasion, in fact, I would say that the experience and the non-results may have driven quite a few attendees back into non-participant limbo.
But it's not always appropriate for all groups or even all types of decisions or all levels of decision-making and execution thereof.
Consensus groups, while frustrating when the purpose is not defined or is lost, have provided opportunity for me to be a contributing member of the group, valued as an individual and for what I alone bring to that group.
www.rabble.ca /babble/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=5&t=000469&p=   (215 words)

  
 Consensus: A Decision Making Process
Our bylaws define consensus as: All members present stating that they are comfortable with the decision and are prepared to be accountable for it.
If consensus is not achieved, a vote using parliamentary procedure will decide the proposal.
If consensus is not achieved, go to level two.
www.health.state.mn.us /communityeng/groups/decision.html   (260 words)

  
 AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS AND THE NEW NATIONAL PARTY ESTABLISHING A DEVELOPMENTAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT FRAMEWORK TO ATTACK POVERTY AND RACISM IN THE WESTERN CAPE
To ensure that such decision-making is conducive to the promotion of this co-operation agreement the parties further agree to implement certain consensus seeking procedures aimed at achieving consensus in decision making.
The parties further agree that whenever, after complying with the formal procedures for decision making prescribed by the Joint Policy Task Team, the parties at local level are unable to agree on any matter, the decision on that matter will be left in abeyance for 1 month.
The parties agree that the primary duty to promote the principles of consensus seeking Government lies with the parties at Municipal Level.
www.anc.org.za /ancdocs/misc/agreement.html   (260 words)

  
 Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts
This is a consensus seeking decision making process.
The Email Decision Making Process was reviewed at the 3/23/2002 State Committee meeting and was amended.
Since this is a consensus seeking process, it is important to discuss how the proposal might be improved, if necessary.
www.massgreens.org /StateCom/email_proposals.html   (260 words)

  
 Verweij: Should Multilateral Organizations Become More Deliberative?
It entails decision-making through consensus seeking and arguing between those who hold alternative views of the problems at hand and their solutions.
One reason for why deliberative decision-making has enjoyed increasing attention consists of the idea that deliberation might be a partial cure for the much-lamented 'democratic deficit' in international relations.
Various authors have therefore argued in favour of institutions that invite the participation of groups and citizens representing a wide variety of perspectives and interests.This research project considers whether an argument can be built for making the decision-making procedures of multilateral organizations more deliberative.
www.mpp-rdg.mpg.de /verw.html   (260 words)

  
 S/R 26: From Protest to Popular Power (Milstein)
The most fundamental level of decision making in a demonstration is the affinity group.
Compare this to what could be the most fundamental level of decision making in a society: a neighborhood or town.
If popular assemblies were our basic unit of decision making, confederations of communities could serve as a way to transcend parochialism and create interdependence where desirable.
www.greens.org /s-r/26/26-02.html   (260 words)

  
 Earthsong--
If consensus is still not reached after a further meeting on the topic, the decision can be made by a three quarters majority of people eligible to take part in the decision making.
Consensus is the most inclusive form of decision making.
We are committed to the practice of ‘consensus seeking’ decision making.
www.earthsong.org.nz /infobook/groupprocess.html   (260 words)

  
 GPCA Bylaws: What Are Bylaws?
Before a group-decision can be made, the group must agree on what constitutes a decision, what is the process for reaching this decision, and how much agreement must exist before the decision can be regarded as reflecting the will of the group.
The GPCA Bylaws represent the General Assembly's contract with itself about how it wants to be structured and how it wants to make decisions.
An organization's bylaws are intended to detail the rights and duties of the members within the organization and the extent to which the general membership retains control, or to be relieved of detailed concern with, the organization's business.
www.cagreens.org /bylaws/whatarebylaws.php   (260 words)

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