Re: Request from Manzanita Village in Arizona: How does your community handle members who abuse the community e-mail?
From: Bonnie Fergusson (
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2021 09:53:31 -0800 (PST)
       Consensus decision making long predates Occupy.  The Quakers have used 
it for centuries and it has been common among progressive action groups for 
most of my lifetime (I’m 77).  We used it in Prevention Point when we started 
the needle exchange in San Francisco back in 1988 and various anti nuke  
protest  groups were using it before then just to name the ones I’m familiar 
with.  We say “does anyone object” and then the consensus is....Bonnie Fergusson
Swans Market CohousingOakland, CA

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On Saturday, January 16, 2021, 9:03 AM, Melanie G <gomelaniego [at]> 

I noticed some language that reminded me of my days at Occupy Wall Street.
SO I just wanted to ask whether others have adopted this way of speaking
about consensus.

Karen said, "we consensed on a set of rules".  I'm super curious if this
has been used maybe before Occupy?  Or is it something that seeped in
somehow?  My understanding is that we *consent to * things together.  Super
curious about this, and would love to include it in a book I am very slowly

thanks in advance,
melanie (seeker)
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