|On Consensus & Concepts of Consensus||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (SharonVillinesprodigy.net)|
|Date: Fri, 27 Feb 1998 09:58:11 -0600|
I have found it helpful in discussion with groups confronting a difficult consensus decision to think of a consensus decision as a two stage decision--first, what do I want or think is best, and second, given what I want or think and what everyone else wants or thinks, what is best. Some people think consensus means they will always get their way--that consensus means they never lose. Or that there is no such thing as losing. I was once in a meeting forming a cooperative school where 25 well-educated, professional, mostly white parents who thought one course of action was best and one person, a very young, black, smart but inarticulate welfare mother, refused to go along. After several hours of discussion, the group decided to "sleep on it" and reconvene the next night. The next night the young woman said she would go along but still didn't think it was a good idea. By then all 25 of the other parents had decided she was right in the first place. They had been advocating a "politically correct" but wrong move. Sharon Villines in Manhattan and looking elsewhere
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