Transformation Through Wise Governance Networks

If you are working on large scale systems change, like building resilient community food systems, or large landscape conservation, or public health — have you ever considered that your work may be part of a movement that is defining the next evolution of...

Foodshed team learns how to establish consent instead of consensus

In Propositions for Organizing with Complexity: Learnings from the Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP), Nikki D’Adamo-Damery described nine propositions that emerged from the work of the AFP. Proposition #2 was: “Establish Consent instead of Consensus.” The following...

When is it Time to Talk About Trust?

      This is the first article in our series on the 8 Primary Principles of Collaborative Governance.   “Trust always affects outcomes—speed and cost. When trust goes up, speed will also go up, and costs will go down. When trust goes down, speed...

Getting to Consent: The Difference Between Debate and Dialogue

This month, participants in our free monthly video call, “Deepening the Art of Facilitating Consent,” asked me to send out one of the slides I used.  The topic of the call was The Difference Between Consent and Consensus, and the point I made was: perhaps...

Guest Blog: Consent as a Breakthrough Version of Consensus

Tom Atlee, Founder, Co-Intelligence Institute recently sent me some emails on the topic of consent and consensus. I enjoyed his perspective so much, I asked him if I could post what he wrote. He agreed, and here it is: Tom Atlee: I have only recently gotten a good...

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