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Consensus and the Burden of Added Process: Are There Easier Ways to Make Decisions?

This tale illustrates what I suspect are at least two different assumptions about the amount of process time people are willing to put into community. And these two assumptions, I suspect, are themselves based on deeper, possibly unconscious, assumptions about why people join community in the first place. Assumption A: We’re willing to put in a lot of emotional process time because the …

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

The conflict in this real community I’ll call “Green Meadow” (first described in Part I of this article, Communities #155, Summer 2012) was between two community members who had frequently blocked proposals and a roomful of people who wanted to pass an Agriculture Committee proposal about a community site plan for future farms, pastures, and orchards. Passing the proposal …

Busting the Myth that Consensus-with-Unanimity is Good For Communities

In practice, consensus-with-unanimity means essentially that anyone can block a proposal for any reason, and there’s no recourse—such as having criteria for a legitimate block, or requiring people who block proposals to co-create a new proposal with the advocates of the old one.

Community survival during the coming energy decline

Imagine community life in a Peak Oil world. Are ecovillages, sustainable communities, and organized eco-neighborhoods prepared?