|Re: moving back from consensus?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Maraiah (Lynn) Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2020 12:58:08 -0800 (PST)|
I agree with much of what Sharon V writes. At RoseWind Cohousing in Port Townsend WA we have successfully used consensus decision making for 30 years. Many of the points I read here about a contrast with sociocracy don’t necessarily hold for our experience. We don’t use sociocracy. And we do delegate many decisions to committees, with a committee description of their purview. If uncertain as to a committee decision, it can be run by the community for response, such as concerns or a need for community-wide discussion. We allow stand-asides for consensus. This is consistent with the idea of consent vs universal agreement. It’s just another way of saying it’s not my preference but I won’t stand in the way of the group’s choice. Sometimes we make decisions with a sunset clause, setting a trial period and planned re-evaluation. (In that case it is important to define the default if there is not agreement at that time: does it stand unless there is consensus to end it, or does it end unless there is consensus to continue it?). We do our best to season a proposal via discussion circles prior to bringing it to a monthly business meeting. Sometimes it is clear there is not sufficient support to accept an idea as proposed, and it is either dropped, deferred, or re-formulated. Business meeting agendas are developed by our Steering and Facilitation Committees. When processing a proposal we use CT Butler’s approach: explain proposal (what and why), clarifying questions, general discussion including benefits, concerns, then strategies to deal with concerns, checking for unresolved concerns, if none, consensus is declared. Maraiah Lynn Nadeau
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