Re: blocking consensus
From: Randa Johnson (
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 18:35:01 -0700 (MST)
In groups using consensus, I have always used the "can I live with this 
decision ?" guideline.  If you are thinking you might have to move , it sounds 
like a decision you cannot live with.  I hope you can work something out with 
your group.

>>> "Sara A." <mabonwy [at]> 02/01 5:29 PM >>>
At 08:15 PM 2/1/02, you wrote:
>I've been told repeatedly that the only justification for blocking consensus
>is that you think the proposal will harm the community, and not because you
>dislike it personally.

Hmmm.  I think that if something's serious enough that you would consider 
moving, then it's serious enough to warrant blocking.

The whole point of consensus is that it preserves the integrity of the 
group and values both the group as a whole and each individual 
therein.  Placing restrictions on blocking such that someone's deep 
conviction that they do NOT want to do something...and can't see a workable not likely to achieve that goal.

Is standing aside an option?  Can you opt out, ie, "I don't want to do 
this, and I'm not going to, but I won't stop other people from doing it"

People place restrictions on blocking consensus because they envision 
people using it all the time and causing problems.  But in reality, 
blocking is scary and is not something that most people will do in a group 
of their friends and neighbors unless they REALLY REALLY object to whatever 
it is.


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