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.
Cross-Cultural Community-Based Planning: Negotiating the Future of Haida Gwaii (British Columbia)
Over the past two decades, explicit negotiations have become the most favored means of resolving long-standing conflicts between Canada's Native peoples (generally referred to as First Nations) and non-Native parties, including governments, other communities, interest groups, and industry. The present case study describes one such experience. The setting was modern-day British Columbia, primarily on islands known as Haida Gwaii or the Queen Charlottes, off that Canadian province's northwest coast. The challenge was economic planning, which, as of 1990, centered around a $38 million expenditure program to alleviate difficulties arising from a recent decrease in forestry opportunities.
This planning took place in the aftermath of the ...