Re: sociocratic consent - a question
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 17:13:31 -0700 (PDT)

On Jun 15, 2007, at 9:12 AM, Muriel Kranowski wrote:

MY QUESTION: Would it work for a community to (maybe) adopt the sociocratic consent method of decision making independently of adopting the sociocratic
organizational structure.

You definitely can. The easiest way to begin is to simply ask when a proposal has been made, are there any objections?

For simple decisions that is all that is necessary. No objections, decision is made. If there are objections, see if the proposal can be improved to address the objections.

For a longer or more complex proposal:

1. First you take clarifying questions in case someone doesn't understand something.

2. Do a quick reaction round to see if there are major objections or any objections at all.

3. Improve the proposal to resolve objections. This may be done in the meeting or outside the meeting depending on the complexity of the issue.

4. Do a final consent round asking for objections.

Both rounds and asking for objections are good additions to any process. Both go to the heart of the issue instead of the having long discussions and presentations of pros and cons that often miss the point entirely.

Focus on specific objections and use rounds to level the playing field -- to maintain equivalence.

Sharon Villines
Coauthor with John Buck of We the People
Consenting to a Deeper Democracy
A Guide to Sociocratic Principles and Methods

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