ERIC Number: ED202766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Building United Judgment: A Handbook for Consensus Decision Making.
Avery, Michel; And Others
This handbook contains techniques that will help community groups or other organizations use consensus decision making. The layout of the handbook is a scrambled montage of "main text" and boxes containing personal statements, examples, artifacts from the writing process, and additional bits of information. Chapter one introduces consensus decision making which can be a powerful tool for building group unity and strength, and for choosing wise, creative courses of action. Consensus is different from other kinds of decision making because it stresses the cooperative development of a decision with group members working together rather than competing against each other. Chapter two presents a step-by-step process for consensus. Chapter three discusses how the consensus process is affected by the pre-existing attitudes of group members. Chapter four examines the two kinds of contribution which are basic to good consensus: the clear presentation of your own ideas and opinions, and your encouragement of others' participation. The next chapter defines and explains blocking. How to structure a meeting is the topic of chapter six. Chapters seven and eight deal with the group facilitator's role and communication skills respectively. Chapters nine and ten discuss how to work with emotions and how to handle conflict within the group. Techniques for group consensus building are discussed in chapter 11. How to adapt the consensus decision-making process for use with large groups is presented in chapter 12. The last chapter discusses what to do about common problems. An annotated bibliography concludes the document. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Community Organizations, Decision Making, Decision Making Skills, Group Dynamics, Methods, Organizations (Groups)
The Center for Conflict Resolution, 731 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Conflict Resolution, Madison, WI.