This handbook on group decision-making for those wanting to operate in a consensus fashion stresses the advantages of informal, common sense approaches to working together. It describes how any group can put these approaches into practice, and relates numerous examples of situations in which such approaches have been applied.

Legal Issues in Consensus Building

Legal issues in consensus building
Eric E.Van Loon

Most participants in consensus building processes are private citizens acting out of a sense of civic responsibility. Very few have the specialized background needed to understand all the legal issues that may arise in a consensus process. Nonattorneys often feel unsure about how to respond to legal objections that are raised and are sometimes doubtful that a problem is serious. The goal of this chapter is to sort out the legal issues that are likely to come up during consensus-based efforts and suggest ways to respond to them. On the one hand, we want to demystify those objections that are not serious barriers. On the other, we hope to offer practical advice about how ...

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