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Decision By Consensus Means Unanimous Agreement


Dec 20


Give people time to challenge the proposal and what it means to them. If this is a complex or emotional problem, set up some time to think or pause before starting the test on agreement. A plenary session is a meeting in which all members of a group participate. Plenary sessions can range from twenty to hundreds of people. They can work reasonably well for information exchange, proposals and final decision-making. They are a much less useful format for in-depth discussion of topics, as the large number is limited to how everyone can be actively involved. Proposals are rarely supported by all, there is usually a specter of approval of a disagreement. Consensus groups offer different options to highlight adequacy/disagreement. Frequently used options are: block, stand aside and reservations.

We go into the details in the options to agree and disagree chapter, here is a brief summary: high-level decision-making, like court decisions of appels courts, always require such explicit documentation. However, approval is still observed and statements by political groups are contrary. For example, nearly 40% of U.S. Supreme Court decisions are unanimous, although often for a variety of reasons. “The consensus of the vote in the Supreme Court, especially the extreme consensus of unanimity, has often confused court observers who stick to ideological accounts of judicial decisions.” [47] Historical evidence as to whether the views of some judges were suppressed in favour of public unity are at odds. [48] After consideration of the issue, it remains free to reach agreement on what needs to be done. Consensus decisions are designed to meet the most important needs of all and to strike a balance between what different people want. In an effective consensus group, everyone knows that they can be honest about what they want and have confidence in their taking seriously. This in turn means getting to know each other and building open and respectful relationships as the foundation of a true community. The Quaker model has been adapted by Earlham College for application to secular attitudes and can be applied effectively in any consensual decision-making process. You can see, for example. B, that some people feel able to make decisions about the group outside of meetings, while others are not even confident about putting forward items on the agenda.

During meetings, the opinions of some people may be heard and given a great deal of consideration, and others may not be able to express their opinions. And it`s much easier for some people to go to meetings because of differences in health, other responsibilities, energy, mobility, etc. There may be a multitude of reasons for all these differences, but the impact on your decision-making is that it is less consensual – you cannot take into account the needs of all, unless you are able to hear them! Blocks prevent a proposal from moving forward and you need to look for a new proposal.