Re: Request from Manzanita Village in Arizona: How does your community handle members who abuse the community e-mail?
From: Abe Ross (
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2021 10:01:45 -0800 (PST)
Was the reference to the process of "consensus" or to the neologism "consensed"?

Abe Ross
Treehouse Village Ecohousing
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

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[Albert Einstein]

On 1/16/2021 1:53 PM, Bonnie Fergusson via Cohousing-L wrote:
        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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