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Consensus decision making

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Consensus decision making is based on personal responsibility of all group members, and prevents any split between majority and minority that can undermine the group climate and ruin mutual trust.

With this method the first phase of the process is debate: every proposal is presented and openly discussed by all participants, who can bring changes and modifications, including substantial ones, until the proposal has the support of everyone in the group.

In the decision making phase, one can hold three positions: giving consensus means that one approves of the proposal and is available to participate in the action directly; standing aside means that one agrees with the idea, but will not participate for personal reasons; blocking means that the proposal should not go forward. The block must be explained openly to the whole group. One block is enough to stop the proposal.

Our community has used consensus for several years with good results. For the acceptance of new residents by the community, a block by a community member for personal reasons is valid.

To know more about consensus decision making, you can check the International Institute for Facilitation and Consensus:

May 16 to 22 BeaBriggs

Group Facilitation and Consensus Decision-Making with Beatrice Briggs

Essential tools for Today´s Leaders

Internationally recognized standards. The course contents are based on the competencies identified by the International Association of Facilitators IAF-MENA

Certified instructor: Beatrice Briggs is a certified © professional facilitator by the International Association of Facilitators who has led participatory processes in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and 26 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Beatrice is also the author of Introduction to Consensus Process and many articles about participatory group processes.  IIFAC Certificate for those who successfully complete each module.

Group Facilitation and Consensus Decision-Making
The complete training is divided into three modules. (Note: it is possible to enroll only in Module 1, but modules 2 and 3 form a unit. See information on costs below.)
Each module will be an interactive mix of lectures, exercises, group sharing, case studies and Q & A sessions. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks, lodging and meals are included.

IIFACFriday, May 16 (starting at 18:00) – Sunday, May 18 (ending at 16:00)
Module 1: The Leader as Facilitator: the basis for the effective meeting management.
Open to all. No previous experience required

Monday, May 19 (starting at 09:00) – Tuesday, May 20 (ending at 18:00)
Module 2: From Conflict to Cooperation: the roots of the conflict and the path to the joint action.
Requires participation in Module 1 or evidence of prior training and experience in group facilitation

Wednesday, May 21 (starting at 09:00) – Thursday, May 22 (ending at 18:00) Module 3: Effective decision-making: exploring of the dynamics of “Who decides” and “How we decide.”
Requires participation in Parts 1 and 2 or evidence of prior experience with group facilitation.

For the complete programm description check page “Courses in English”

To watch a video with Bea Briggs: