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.
Facilitating Statewide HIV/AIDS Policies and Priorities in Colorado
This case describes a consensus building process for HIV prevention strategies in the state of Colorado. The case came my way in 1994 and was a significant professional accomplishment: A very large (110 participants), diverse, and impassioned group reached consensus. Over an eight-month period, my involvement in this life-or-death topic profoundly influenced my approach to subsequent work.
This case will be presented both chronologically and thematically. Woven throughout the descriptions of meetings I mediated are many of the tenets and challenges inherent to consensus building. The following pages will describe how relationship building, common language, celebration, and rigorous consensus checks enriched our process. They also include details ...