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.

RuleNet: An Experiment in Online Consensus Building
RuleNet: An experiment in online consensus building

When William J. Olmstead was a law student in Topeka, Kansas, he was frustrated at his inability to attend public hearings on affirmative action rules. His school refused to pay for the trip to the District of Columbia. Many years later, Olmstead himself had moved to Washington, where he occupied a senior position in the legal counsel's office of a major federal agency. Sitting in the heart of power, he was still bothered by the limitations inherent in the conventional regulatory process. He aimed to make the process more open and inclusive. Negotiated rulemaking, a consensus-based practice that directly involves stakeholders in forging administrative rules, had grown in popularity as a form ...

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