Re: Consensus decision making
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 08:50:00 -0700 (PDT)

On Aug 5, 2008, at 11:16 AM, Sharon Villines wrote:

The determination of effective is in the results of the decision, not
the process that led to the decision.

I need to clarify. This could be read, for example, that an autocratically made decision is just as good as one that is the result of a consensus process. It may be, but only if the group has decided by consensus that certain decisions will be made autocratically.

What I meant is that just because you hired a facilitator and spent 8 hours discussing whether the roof should be red or blue, will not produce an effective decision if the roofing only comes in green or the red and blue are both colors that will fade in 6 months to brown.

The weekend may have produced bonding, etc., but how effective was the decision about choosing a roof color to compliment the color of the siding?

That's what I meant about process not being the criterion on which one measures the effectiveness of a decision. Examining the process may be helpful in understanding where you got off track, however, or how you stayed on track.

Sharon Villines
Sociocracy, a Deeper Democracy

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