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.
Affordable Housing Mediation: Building Consensus for Regional Agreements in the Hartford Area
The project that is the subject of this case study is the result of a 1988 Connecticut state program that initiated a consensus building process to address the housing crisis in the area. After scores of housing bills died in legislative committees, a compromise bill passed, creating a pilot program to encourage municipalities, with the help of mediators, to negotiate regional affordable housing plans. As required by the legislation, the secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, together with the commissioner of housing, sponsored two pilot projects—one in the Capitol Region (Hartford) and one in the Greater Bridgeport Region—to increase ...