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Making Decisions by Consensus

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Guidelines for consensus building

  • Be respectful and trust each other.  Don’t be afraid to express your ideas and opinions.
  • Don’t assume that someone must win and someone must lose.  Look for the most acceptable solution for everyone.
  • Think before you speak, listen before you object.  Listen to others’ reactions, and consider them carefully before pressing  your point.
  • Remember that the ideal behind consensus is empowering versus overpowering, agreement versus majorities/minorities.

 

What is consensus decision making?
Consensus is a decision­making process that works creatively to include all the people making the decision.
Instead of simply voting for an item, and letting the majority of the group get their way, the group is
committed to finding solutions that everyone can live with. This ensures that everyone’s opinions,  ideas and
reservations are taken into account. But consensus is more than just a compromise. It is a process that can
result in surprising and creative solutions ­ often better than the original suggestions.
At the heart of consensus is a respectful dialogue between equals, helping groups to work together to meet both the individuals’ and the group’s needs. It’s about how to work with each other rather than “for” or
“against” each other. Making decisions by consensus is based on trust and openness – this means learning to openly express both our desires (what we’d like to see happening), and our needs (what we have to see happen in order to be able to support a decision). If everyone is able to trust each other and talk openly then the group will have the information it requires to take everyone’s positions into account and to come up with a solution that everyone can support.
It may take time to learn how to distinguish between our wants and needs: after all most of us are more used to decision­making where one wins and the other loses. In this kind of adversarial decision making we are often forced to take up a strategic
position of presenting our desires as needs, allowing us to concede points without giving up any significant ground.

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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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