Consensus as a group decision-making process is often misunderstood. Consensus is reached when everyone can live with a decision – it does not mean some unrealistic goal of total harmony. It requires clear understanding and procedures. I can help your group reach that.
Consensus process encourages an environment in which everyone is respected and all contributions are valued. Groups which desire to be inclusive need an inclusive process encouraging participation and promoting empowerment, encouraging a sense shared responsibility for group actions.
Consensus process requires:
- commitment to active cooperation
- disciplined speaking and listening
- respect for contribution of every member
- commitment to the process itself – disrespect for the process will undermine
You can read a blog post by the Project Manager of the Garden City Food Co-op about my work in training the Co-op’s Board in consensus here.