Decision-making Protocol

Use this values-driven, dynamic tool to clarify decision-making practices and sustain a culture that honors equity and shares power.

This protocol can be used in different ways at different times.

Some decisions are far-reaching and need very involved processes for engagement.
Other times, decisions have much lower impact, and the steps can be more informal.


Download the Decision-making Protocol handout to learn more.


This work was created in collaboration with the Alliance: United to Prevent Alcohol Misuse & Promote Community Wellness.

It is adapted from the civic design work of Caesar McDowell & the sociocracy work of John Buck.

Also known as, the “Spiral Galaxy of Consent-Based Governance”

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Consent decison-making protocol depicts a spiral of 9 circles, each naming a step in consent decision-making.

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