Coho US Staff
Thanks to Yana Ludwig for an excellent WebChat introduction to consensus. You can read a short summary below and see the full session at this link:
Yana gave us a brief introduction to consensus and reminded us that this is just a beginning. Becoming skilled in consensus is a journey over years.
As a background to concensu work, Yana explained that consensus has two connected parts. Creating a culture of consensus is essential to the practice of consensus or consent decision-making. Learning the structures of consensus decision-making is much easier, but by itself will leave room for a lot of problems as groups work to create the collaborative community cohousers are looking for.
Yana offered six smaller pieces to create a system that fosters consensus:
You have to have articulated and widely known, group values and purpose that you have all agreed on.
Define what is a valid block and a process for validating a block.
Have a clear understanding of who is in the decision making process and who is not.
Have a clear and known process for how you make your decisions.
Sequencing: gather input and ideas from group before drafting a proposal.
Yana also shared some files which you can access at the links below:
Watch the recording for many more great nuggets from Yana's answers to questions from cohousers in the zoom room.
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