What is the N Street Consensus Method?


The N Street Consensus method is very similar to Formal Consensus however the major difference is that it does not require Consensus-with-unanimity. Like Formal Consensus this method also seeks  to hear from everyone in the circle, asking clarifying questions, expressing concerns, and modifying and improving the Proposal. The "rules of N Street Consensus are pretty simple and straightforward:

  • When the facilitator calls for consensus on a proposal and no one blocks, the proposal passes.
  • If one or more people blocks a proposal, however, the person(s) blocking are obligated to meet with small groups of other members in a series of solution-oriented, Consensus-building Meetings. Their job is to think through the issues and mutually agree on a new proposal that addresses the same problem as the blocked proposal. They present the new Proposal at the next Meeting.



Sources: Busting the Myth that Consensus-with-Unanimity Is Good for Communities

Contributors: Diana Leafe Christian

Recommended Reading: Communities Magazine #155

Busting the Myth that Consensus-with-Unanimity Is Good for Communities