|Re: Backup procedure for decisions||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Tree Bressen (treeic.org)|
|Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 21:45:02 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi, Diane wrote:
Consensus works very well for simple decisions or for decisions in which you have a lot of time to craft a proposal. It works horribly for decisions like "What twenty-five items shall we cut out of the budget?" or "Which shall be our primary goal: affordability, handicapped accessibilty, diversity, sustainability, or preserving open space?"
Personally i think it's fine to include other tools within a basic consensus decision expectation . . . i don't even really think of it as a departure from the method. So for instance, i might suggest that a group use a ranked ballot to figure out what 25 items to cut, then pass the final budget by consensus. I think consensus is as much about atmosphere (creating a culture that values all the wisdom in the group, strives for win-win solutions as much as possible, and so on) as about official structures. I've seen groups supposedly run by consensus use straw polls in a way that clearly gave a sense of winners and losers, and i've seen groups governed on paper by majority vote use fantastically inclusive consensus process that really addressed concerns and got everyone on board before a decision was passed.
Cheers, --Tree ----------------------------------------------- Tree Bressen 1680 Walnut St. Eugene, OR 97403 (541) 484-1156 tree [at] ic.org http://www.treegroup.info
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