Agreement By Consensus

The seven levels to reach consensus are the same as for small groups, but the techniques you use for each level may be different. Some phases can happen with everyone, but if possible, use small groups to allow for in-depth discussion and participation. Below we give an introduction to some instruments that may work well to facilitate consensus in large groups. A combination of processes is usually necessary for group consensus to be fluid and successful. It is much easier to use consensus on an ongoing basis when the right conditions are right: here we have listed some key factors. If your group has problems, this checklist should help identify the underlying problems that you need to solve in order to have a better consensus experience. If your group is far from meeting these conditions, you may decide that consensus is not good for you at this time. Japanese companies generally resort to consensual decisions, which means that unanimous support within the board of directors is sought for each decision. [65] A ringi-sho is a circulation document with which an agreement is reached.

It must first be signed by the top of the lowest level, then upwards, and perhaps it needs to be revised and the process must be started from the front. [66] Moderator: “Someone else disagrees? No? Okay, I think we have a consensus. Just check – hands up, if you agree with the proposal… Great, we have a consensus, with a reservation. It may be tempting to start solving the problem directly. However, an important phase of consensus is the opening of the discussion so that everyone can share their feelings, needs and opinions before trying to find a solution. Recognizing all the different things that happen first for people is important to find a solution that suits everyone. Resist the temptation to make proposals at this point. If ideas emerge, we could hear them briefly and then park for the next step. Compare the values of consensus to those that dominate the world in which we live.

The Western system of representative voting presents itself as the highest form of democracy. But it is precisely in the nations that shout the loudest about the virtues of democracy that many people no longer even bother to vote; Whoever they choose, decisions are made by an elite of powerful politicians and businessmen whose interests are totally different from those they are supposed to represent. And not only do these politicians legislate for us without consulting us – they have the support of the police, the prison system and the military to make sure we respect their laws. Electing 20 times in life for an MP or other political representatives is a bad substitute for us ourselves having the power to make decisions that affect every aspect of our lives.