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.

Finding Common Ground on Abortion
Finding common ground on abortion
MichelleLeBaron
NikeCarstarphen

In the United States and Canada, few issues are more divisive and polarized than abortion. Images of the conflict fill our heads: angry demonstrators waving placards showing aborted fetuses or botched back-alley abortions, clinic-defense and Operation Rescue volunteers screaming at each other, limp activists being dragged to waiting vans by police, hate mail and threats, fortified clinics, and doctors in danger.

As the conflict rages on, a growing number of concerned citizens—pro-choice and pro-life together—are forming local dialogue groups in an effort to find some common ground. Many of these dialogue efforts are facilitated by the Network for Life and Choice, a project of a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. called Search for Common Ground. This is ...

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