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 Catron County Citizens Group: A Case Study in Community Collaboration
In the early 1990s, Catron County, New Mexico had gained national notoriety as the “toughest county in the West.” Today, it is recognized for its success using collaborative problem-solving processes to bridge wide divisions of attitudes and values about public land use issues. The three-year period starting in the summer of 1995 is the focus of this case study. The events described are part of an ongoing story, with an outcome yet to be determined.
Catron County is one of the most remote and isolated counties in the lower 48 states. At nearly 7,000 square miles, it is the largest county in New Mexico. Over ...