Re: Consensus changing the world
From: Racheli Gai (
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 06:46:57 -0700 (PDT)
I regularly describe myself as an anarchist (as well as a feminist, …)
I guess people need to question all portrayals that comes through mainstream 
media, or through any structure that depends
on hierarchical assumptions.

Racheli, Tucson.

On Oct 17, 2011, at 5:39 AM, Madeline Nelson wrote:

> Moz got it right-- consensus goes way back in anarchist-based and 
> anarchist-influenced social change groups, as well as any that have been 
> influenced by Quakers (so, peace groups), who have used and taught 
> facilitation and consensus since at least the 1970s. Rather than dating it to 
> 15th May of this year, you may want to look to the Spanish Civil War, one of 
> the few times in history when anarchism came out of the closet and rose to 
> great popularity. The spokes model was developed by these anarchists in the 
> 1930s. I love that anarchism is having a chance shine, though most of us 
> still hesitate to say the word and even at OWS you will hear people blame 
> anything that goes wrong (mainly police violence) on the "stupid anarchists". 
> Nonetheless, a number of long-time anarchists who seldom say the word are 
> getting a chance to own that label proudly.
> In a conversation with a group of younger anarchists, I talked about liberal 
> trends that I see as in tune with the better world we all want to see, 
> including transition towns and co-housing. They were skeptical, but much 
> encouraged to learn that co-housing generally uses a consensus-based model. 
> Madeline
>> Hi-
>> As I understand it, the Occupy Wall Street movement derived its consensus 
>> rules from the 15th May movement that started in Spain this year.  My 
>> Spanish is not great, but it looks to me as if they were using a very 
>> similar form of consensus in Spain almost from the get-go.  
>> -Jessie Handforth Kome
>> Eastern Village Cohousing
>> "Where some of our member went to the facilitation training at McPherson 
>> Square (Occupy DC) and our group tried out the hand signals at the community 
>> meeting tonight."
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