This month’s presentation and conversation will be recorded, because this question comes up so often! Making decisions by consent requires a different mindset and set of practices than most of us learned.
When people’s interests are in conflict, the group can fall into the habits of debate. Whatever the group’s decision-making policies, debate is a tool that leads to winners and losers, and is suited to majority rule decision-making. Consent isn’t just a matter of how the final decision is made — making decisions by consent re-frames the whole process.