|Consensus with neophyte group||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Stuart Staniford-Chen (staniforcs.ucdavis.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 22:34:45 -0600|
I have a couple of queries for you process people out there. This is actually arising out of a situation at work, but it could easily arise in a cohousing setting, so I am hoping folks won't mind. I've agreed to facilitate a lengthy group process (to design a software system actually) by consensus. I have a fair amount of experience facilitating. However, the people involved do not have much, if any, experience with consensus. So that's the first question - what special tactics are needed with a neophyte group? What do I tell them at the outset? In particular, I have at least one person in there who has a "cynic" side. By "cynic" I mean the archetype who derives their gratification from predicting that something will fail, secretly working to make sure it does, and then being able to say "I told you so." How do I handle this? How do I appeal to this guy's better side? I know there is a lot of experience out there with this kind of thing - any advice will be much appreciated. Stuart. P.S. After my second beer tonight, I had a brainwave. What about a mailing list called consensus-l? The idea would be a support and discussion group for people working with consensus process. The hope would be to cross-fertilize ideas between cohousing, intentional communities, quakers, non-profits, and businesses - any person or situation that is involved in consensus decision-making. We could all talk process endlessly. Let me know what you think - if enough people like the idea, maybe I'll have the energy to do something about it.
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