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.
The Northern Oxford County Coalition: Four Maine Towns Tackle a Public Health Mystery
In February 1991, a popular New England television news show ran a segment called “Cancer Valley.” The story depicted a rural American community's worst nightmare. It suggested that the people living in Northern Oxford County, Maine were experiencing extraordinarily high rates of cancer, and it implied that air emissions from a local paper mill might be responsible. Images of local residents walking through cemeteries, with the mill's billowing smokestacks looming in the distance, struck an alarmist tone.
The television show amplified a debate that had been under way for some time in four rural towns surrounding, and economically dependent on, the ...