|Consensus Decisions||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Becky Schaller (bschallertheriver.com)|
|Date: Sat, 7 Mar 1998 13:51:55 -0600|
Our co-housing group is hoping to moving into construction stage fairly soon. Therefore, there will probably be a need to make many decisions quickly. Consensus decision making is often not conducive to making quick decisions. Would others be willing to say how they dealt with decisions during this period. Or has this question been addressed somewhere that you could refer me to read. Another consensus question I have is this. Technically a decision is made by consensus when there are no one blocks the decision. In our group, we show cards. If you hold up a green card, that means you agree with the proposal, a yellow card means you are neutral, an orange one means you have serious reservations/standing aside, and a red card means you are standing in the way or blocking the decision. Someone could make a proposal and the group would have one green card and the rest would be orange cards. In this case it would be clear that this was not a good decision for the group even though it technically would pass as a consensus decision. There is a whole range of different cards that might be held up for a given decision. Has anybody looked at a clear way of deciding when a decision is a consensus decision when the color of cards is mixed? Or, again, is there something that addresses this question that I might read? I appreciate any information and help you might give. Becky Schaller TNDC Cohousing in Tucson
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