Re: Moving Back from Consensus
From: Allison Tom (allisonrtomgmail.com)
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2020 08:27:12 -0800 (PST)
In Canada, the province of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories formally
use consensus but then vote to approve final proposals. And the Canadian
Ministers of the Environment also operate by consensus.

Allison

On Tue, Dec 15, 2020 at 6:09 AM R Philip Dowds via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> wrote:

> I guess I have a different picture of the situation:  For me, *sociocracy*
> is a particular *structure* of inter-related circles and roles having
> group-assigned duties and delegated powers, and populated by democratically
> selected individuals.  “Consensus* is a formal decision-making *process*
> adaptable to any circle, but probably most useful and necessary at the
> plenary level.  In theory, the Department of Agriculture structure could
> make decisions by the consensus process, and sociocratic circles could
> choose to make decisions by simple majority vote, or even by asking the
> magic 8-ball.
>
> Thanks,
> RPD
>
> > On Dec 14, 2020, at 1:12 PM, Mac Thomson via Cohousing-L <
> cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> wrote:
> >
> > I find it interesting that people distinguish between consensus and
> sociocracy as if they are two different things. In my understanding,
> sociocracy is a form of consensus with clearly spelled out procedures,
> organizational structure, delegation, etc. Both forms allow all
> participants to consent to a decision.
> >
> > It seems to me a bit like the distinction between intentional
> communities and cohousing. Cohousing is a subset of intentional communities
> with certain specifically spelled out criteria.
> >
> > I admire the workings of sociocracy and feel that if our community
> decided to adopt it, we would not be departing from consensus. We’d just be
> moving to a certain well defined and organized form of consensus. Not
> having worked within sociocracy and only having studied it, maybe my
> understanding is wrong. Thoughts from others working within sociocracy?
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Mac
> >
> > --
> > Mac Thomson
> >
> > Heartwood Cohousing
> > Southwest Colorado
> > http://www.heartwoodcohousing.com <http://www.heartwoodcohousing.com/>
>
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