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  • The consensus model emphasizes group decision-making.
The consensus model emphasizes group decision-making.
February 11, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Think it’s hard to remind your roommate to do the dishes? In many cooperatives, repeat household problems are discussed and resolved via a consensus model, similar to the one popularized by the Occupy Wall Street movement. Stone Soup Ashland House’s handbook for members details the consensus process they follow at regular meetings, which determines who gets to speak and when, and what it takes to get an idea supported or denied.

Some key guidelines:

-No decision is final until everyone in the meeting feels comfortable with it and is able to implement it without resentment.

-Consensus aims at discussion and not coercion.

-Consensus does not neglect or overlook minority viewpoints.

-The integrity of the group is more important than any one issue that the group may face.

-Openness is encouraged, rather than backroom politics.

-All participants have equal power and information.

-Participants should keep an open mind about new ideas and be willing to experiment further.

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