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.

Designing a Consensus Building Process Using a Graphic Road Map

Designing a Consensus Building Process Using a Graphic Road Map

Designing a consensus building process using a graphic road map
David A.Straus

Imagine how a corporate executive or government official would react if approached by a consultant with the following proposition: “I'm organizing a consensus-based process to build agreement on an issue I know you care a lot about. We're not really sure who will be involved in the process, how much time it will take, or how we're going to get to agreement, but we're ready to dive in and get the discussions started. Can we have your commitment to participate fully?”

Any reasonable person would refuse to become involved in such an ill-defined and poorly planned process.

But the opposite case is also problematic. If detailed, step-by-step ...

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