Consensus Or Agreement

Don`t be afraid of disagreements and conflicts. The consensus is not that we all think the same thing. Differences of opinion are of course to be expected. Differences of opinion can help a group`s decision, because with a wide variety of information and opinions, the group is more likely to find good solutions. An easy-to-reach consensus may mask the fact that some people do not feel safe or confident enough to express their disagreements. Many people see consensus as an expanded method of voting, in which everyone must vote in the same way. Because unanimous unanimity of this type is rarely present in groups with more than one member, groups that attempt to use this type of process are generally either extremely frustrated or forced. Either decisions are never made (which leads to the fall of the group, its transformation into a social group that does not perform tasks), or they are made undercover, or a group or individual dominates the rest. Sometimes a majority dominates, sometimes a minority, sometimes a person who occupies the “block”. But no matter how it is done, there is NOT consensus. [40] It is important that everyone has a common understanding of the process used by the meeting. There are many variations in the consensus process, so even if people are experienced in using consensus, they can use it differently than you do! There may also be group agreements or manual signals that need to be explained.

Moderator: “Someone else doesn`t agree? No? Okay, I think we have a consensus. Just check – hands up, if you agree with the proposal… Great, we have a consensus, with a reservation.┬áChanges in consensus have been used around the world and over time. Here are some examples: Check the active agreement. If there are no blocks, make sure all are active. This can be done verbally or by people waving their hands. Pay attention to silence or inaction and check for reasons – someone may have reservations, they may not feel able to express themselves. By consensus, everyone can “block” a proposal – and prevent it – by not giving its approval. This option should never be taken lightly, as it deprives others of the freedom to do what they want. However, it provides a safety net for situations where a proposal would seriously violate the group or those present.

Many groups rarely use the block, but the fact that it is there means that everyone knows from the beginning that minority opinions cannot be ignored, but solutions must be found to resolve all important issues.