Consensus Mechanics: Decision-Making as Change

Consensus Mechanics is a study of Consensus Decision-making as a revolutionary and liberating tradition. This course will explore Consensus as historically cultural practice, and examine the diverse threads which have converged in the contemporary practice of Consensus in American communities: from Quakers, to intentional communities, to leftist coalitions. We will look in depth at the structure of, and beliefs embodied by, the consensus decision-making process. Participants will learn the practical skills and tools that make Consensus work - including Active Listening, Co/Facilitation, Agenda Planning, and Mediation - through discussion, storytelling, games, and role plays.

6-8 Weeks