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.

Choosing Appropriate Consensus Building Techniques and Strategies

Choosing Appropriate Consensus Building Techniques and Strategies

Choosing appropriate consensus building techniques and strategies

Consensus building can be used to solve problems and make decisions in a wide variety of circumstances and settings. A consensus process can be organized around virtually any substantive topic and can involve a handful of people or several hundred. It can take place among representatives of multiple organizations, or among individuals within a single organization. In the public policy arena, consensus building can be used at any level of government, from the local up to the international level. Consensus-based approaches can be applied, for example, by project team members at a high-tech firm who must devise a plan for the rollout of their next product; board members at a non-profit organization ...

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