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.
Resolving Science-Intensive Public Policy Disputes: Reflections on the New York Bight Initiative
The New York Bight Initiative was one of the first studies to explicitly design a collaborative decision-making process to take account of the shortcomings in the way traditional administrative, legislative, and judicial processes handle science- intensive issues. It was carried out from 1986 through 1988 under the auspices of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). The substantive focus of the Bight Initiative was the management of pollutants in what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration called “one of the most stressed marine ecosystems in the United States,”1 the ocean region adjacent to New York Harbor known as the New York Bight. ...