Concensus vs voting
From: Mark Ottenberg (
Date: Mon, 9 Sep 1996 07:29:47 -0500
I ran across the following thaughts in another group that I belong to that
believes strongly in groups and concensus.  I thaught they might be useful
to pass around.

                                        -- Mark

>I came up with several notions which I'd like to share with you. I'll
>mention these in my paper as well, but I couldn't wait. 
>The unit of decision information should not be "yes" or "no"
>The unit of decision information should be a statement of values and ideas.
>Yes and No cannot be synthesized, only tallied.
>Statements of values and ideas must be synthesized.
>Yes and No means that the majority rules.
>Statements of values and ideas require consensus.
>Yes and No can only be changed to No and Yes, respectively.
>Statements of values and ideas can be changed infintely.
>Yes and No say nothing about commitment and ownership.
>Statements of values and ideas are owned by those who make them.
>Yes and No leave the creation to others; we only approve or disapprove.
>Statements of values and ideas must be created by us.
>Yes and No are responses to choices.
>Statements are already chosen. Their synthesis requires creation.

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