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Consensus Decision Making

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In this consensus briefing:
Pg.1   What’s wrong with democracy?
Pg.3   Why use consensus?
Pg.4   Conditions for consensus
Pg.5   The consensus process
Pg.6   The stages of consensus process
Pg.6   Consensus flowchart
Pg.12 Guidelines for taking part
Pg.13 Quick decision making
Pg.14 Consensus in large groups
Pg.17 Large groups consensus flowchart
Pg.18 Troubleshooting

Consensus decision making is a creative and dynamic way of reaching agreement between all members of a group. Instead of simply voting for an item and having the majority of
the group getting their way, a group using consensus is committed to finding solutions that
everyone actively supports, or at least can live with. This ensures that all opinions, ideas and
concerns are taken into account.
Through listening closely to each other, the group aims to come up with proposals that work
for everyone. Consensus is neither compromise nor unanimity – it aims to go further by weaving
together everyone’s best ideas and key concerns – a process that often results in surprising and
creative solutions, inspiring both the individual and the group as whole.
Consensus can work in all types of settings – small groups, local communities, businesses, even whole
nations and territories. The exact process may differ depending on the size of the group and other
factors, but the basic principles are the same. In the following briefing you’ll find lots of useful
information, not only about the basics of consensus decision making, but also about how to
apply it to large groups of people and about ideas for dealing withcommon problems.
We also have a Short Guide to Consensus and you can find lots of tips on how to make your consensus
meetings run smoothly in our guides to Facilitating Meetings.

About author
We are just like you, citizens of the world fed up with the critical situation and we believe a real change can be achieved through the coordination of non violent actions and self-managed alternatives around the world. There must be a better way of dealing with the survival and enjoyment of our life, we believe in consensus and in non-hierarchical organization. We believe that another world is possible, where nobody has to die of hunger while others throw food away. We don’t have flags and we fight the borders crossing them. We try to be in the best place at the good moment, from Brussels to Lisbon, from Madrid to Athens, reporting but also acting. We come from activist groups, hacking platforms or post capitalist projects and we participated a lot in the Spanish revolution since the beginning. We leave our respective assemblies for this international project of global coordination but we keep in touch, sending back information and visiting regularly. We are open to integrate new people to our project or to help the creation of new teams. More information about our way to work in the protocol.
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