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This portion of the site will cover when consensus can be used, what it is not, the tone and atmosphere that are most conductive to using consensus, the conditions necessary for using the consensus process, and a few questions that arise about the use of consensus. Consensus decision-making is best learned by practice, so start using it today and let us know any questions you might have by using our Contact page, they will be added to our Consensus FAQ as they come in!

Good to keep in mind: Consensus is not easier than voting. In many ways  it requires more thouht and energy. However, it is not necessarily a bulky or time consuming process. Consensus decisions can be made quite efficiently once a group is used to working with the process. Remember, it takes time for a BUD to work together well.


The Consensus Process

The Atmosphere Needed 

Conditions For Use of Consensus

When a Decision Is Made




Sources: Building Social Change CommunitiesContributors: Susanne Terry, The Training/Action Affinity Group of Movement for a New SocietyRecommended Reading:  Building Social Change Communities 

Contributors: Susanne Terry, The Training/Action Affinity Group of Movement for a New Society

Recommended Reading:  Building Social Change Communities 

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