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Consensus Flowchart

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Consensus Flowchart
www.seedsforchange.org.uk 2010

 

Step 1: Introduce and clarify the issue(s) to be decided
Share relevant info. What are the key questions?

 

Step 2: Explore the issue and look for ideas.
1. Gather initial thoughts and reactions. What are the issues and people’s concerns?
2. Collect ideas for solving the problem – write them down.
3. Have a broad ranging discussion and debate the ideas. What are the pros and cons?
Start thinking about solutions to people’s concerns. Eliminate some ideas, short list others.

 

Step 3: Look for emerging proposals
Look for a proposal that weaves together the best elements of the ideas discussed. Look for a solution that addresses people’s key concerns.

 

Step 4: Discuss, clarify and amend your proposal
Ensure that any remaining concerns are heard and that everyone has a chance to contribute.
Look for amendments that make the proposal even more acceptable to the group.

 

Step 5: Test for agreement
Do you have agreement? Check for the following:
Blocks: I have a fundamental disagreement with the core of the proposal that has not been resolved. We need to look for a new
proposal.
Stand asides: I can’t support this proposal because … But I don’t want to stop the group,  so I’ll let the decision happen without me.
Reservations: I have some reservations but am willing to let the proposal pass.
Agreement: I support the proposal and am willing to implement it.
Consensus: No blocks, not too many stand asides or reservations? Active agreement?
Then we have a decision!

 

Step 6: Implement the decision
Who, when, how? Action point the tasks and set deadlines.

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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