Why I Now Believe Consensus-with-Unanimity Causes Conflict (Article by Diana Leafe Christian)

Why I Now Believe Consensus-with-Unanimity
Causes Conflict
(Article by Diana Leafe Christian)
often leads to conflict, diminished trust, low morale, and dwindling meeting attendance
when one or several people block a proposal that everyone else wants, there is widespread disagreement (“tyranny of the minority”)
Consensus-with-Unanimity
The process includes an agenda, proposals, facilitator, clarifying questions, modifying the proposal, hearing from everyone so everyone has a voice
The process concludes with a decision rule, often 100% unanimity — everyone must approve the proposal (except those standing aside) in order to pass it.
Some Work-Arounds
A decision rule of 75%, 80%... not 100% (Super Majority)
Four-Choice Method:
1) I support it
2) I don’t support it because I don’t know enough about the proposal (or don’t have an opinion)
3) I don’t support it and stand aside
4)I block it.
Choose Our Committee Members method
Holacracy - is a whole-systems project management and self-governance method (that includes a decision-making method), developed by visionary software engineer and business owner Brian Robertson in the US in the 2000s, and is partially derived from Sociocracy.
Sociocracy - a whole-systems project management and self-governance method (that includes a decision-making method), developed by visionary electrical engineer and business owner Gerard Endenburg in The Netherlands in the 1970s
Systemic Consensus
consensus training, create more effective agendas, craft better proposals
Solution-Oriented Meetings
The N St. Method - first seek consensus-with-unanimity. If that doesn’t happen, then organize a series of solution-oriented meetings with one or two proposal advocates to create a new proposal that addresses the same issues as the original proposal. The new proposal goes to the next meeting, where it will probably pass. If a new proposal is not created and proposed, the original proposal comes to the next meeting for a 75% super-majority vote, and it will probably pass.
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