A Consensus Handbook

Co-operative decision-making for activists, co-ops and communities

Paperback, 224 pages

English language

Published May 1, 2013 by Seeds for Change Lancaster Co-operative Ltd.


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5 stars (1 review)

Consensus decision making is a creative and dynamic way of reaching agreement between all members of a group. Instead of simply voting for an item and having the majority of the group getting their way, a group using consensus is committed to finding solutions that everyone actively supports, or at least can live with.

A Consensus Handbook explains the spirit and philosophy of co-operative decision making as well as providing practical guidance on how to facilitate a consensus process. This comprehensive guide looks at common situations and explain the skills and tools your group can use to ease the path to a decision. This book covers techniques for decision-making in small and large groups as well as virtual meetings.

We've also included material on some of the pitfalls and problems you and your group may face - and have provided some suggestions of how to deal with them!

Whether you're …

Nice toolkit for every type of group

5 stars

This book is brilliant. It's created by a co-op whit quite some level of expertise. It's suitable for every type and size of group and explains things from the basics over theory through practice to potential problems. This makes the book to a very useful tool for groups willing to self organize. Also the quality of the book is great; not just the information has a good level of information without being to boring but it has also a very consistent set of illustrations. Sometimes they are a little to much scaled up (which makes you see pixles) but I can live with that flaw.