Consensus Decision Making
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Beyond the Abdication of Power
Presents an argument against the views expressed by Kokopeli and Lakey in Leadership For Change. Raises thought provoking issues it raises and demonstrates situations and assumptions under which conse...
Blocking Progress: Consensus Decision Making In The Anti-Nuclear Movement
Howard Ryan maintains that consensus is wrong in principle and in practice: "The problem is not so much that individuals are being irresponsible or somehow abusing the consensus process. The problem l...
Building United Judgement: A handbook for consensus decision making
Avery, Michel; Auvine, Brian; Streibel, Barbara; Weiss, Lonnie
Describes the techniques and skills which groups can apply to make the principles of consensus work effectively.
A Chill Descends On Occupy Wall Street: The Tangled Purse Strings
Undemocratic movements are vulnerable to being taken over by a vocal minority or a chraismatic individual.
The collective decides...
Landry, Charles; Morley, David; Southwood, Russell; Wright, Patrick
The obsession with 'process politics' leads to an obsession with all aspects of internal structure and its working. As a result, the collective can often lose sight of its larger political objectives ...
Connexions Digest: Volume 12, Number 1 - Fall 1988 - A Social Change Sourcebook
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Consensus decision-making: Connexipedia Article
Article about the group decision making process known as consensus decision-making.
Consensus Decision Making: An Analysis of the Literature
Includes a look at historical interest in consensus, an overview of research with critiques, and recommendations for future research. Brings together most of the current empirical findings in research...
Critique of Nonviolent Politics: From Mahatma Gandhi to the Anti-Nuclear Movement
Ryan accepts that sometimes nonviolence can be effective, but says that sometimes it is not: "a principled insistence on nonviolence can in some circumstances be dangerous to progressive social moveme...
Home!: A Bioregional Reader
Andruss, Van, Plant, Christopher, Plant, Judith, Wright, Eleanor
A guide to the vision and strategy of bioregionalism.
It Ain't the Meeting Its The Motion
A guide to conducting productive and inclusive meetings in the context of social change.
A Manual for Group Facilitators: The Center for Conflict Resolution
Auvine, Brian; Densmore, Betsy; Extrom, Mary; Poole, Scott; Shanklin, Michel
The values, assumptions and techniques of group facilitation. Especially useful to people planning workshops. Includes sections on communication, conflict, problem solving, what can go wrong and what ...
Discusses the democratic organizational forms appropriate to libertarian socialist organizations.
One Vote for Democracy: Consensus vs. democracy
Makes the case that the democratic model is better than the consensus model for activist group decision-making.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - September 10, 2016: Back to School
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Education – about the world, and about social change in particular – is a key element in the work that Connexions does. In this issue of Other Voices, we explore a few aspects of the ways in which edu...
Resource Manual for A Living Revolution: A Handbook of Skills & Tools for Social Change Activists
Coover, Virginia, Deacon, Ellen, Esser, Charles, Moore, Christopher
A manual for people who are concerned or angered by the deterioration of our society and who, because they have some sense that their efforts can have an effect on change, are looking for tools to tra...
Social Anarchism, Individualist Anarchism, the State and Leninism: A Reply to the International Socialist Organization
I take it that social or Left-anarchism and libertarian socialism are the same thing. Both stand opposed to Leninism, and both stand opposed to individualist anarchism.
The Socialist Register 1968: Volume 5: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
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The Theology of Consensus
Consensus decision-making has dominated social movements for forty years. Let’s try something different. Outside of small-group settings, consensus process is unwieldy, off-putting, tiresome, and inef...
Traite du Savoir-Vivre for the Occupy Wall Street Generations
Once upon a time, twenty thousand people descended on Wall Street, the capitol of capital, occupied it nonviolently, and won exactly what they demanded. This is not a fairy tale. It really happened. T...
Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political
Rebick champions new ways of achieving political goals by emphasizing co-operation and consensus over confrontation and partisanship.
The Tyranny of Structurelessness
Contrary to what we would like to believe, there is no such thing as a "structureless" group. Any group of people of whatever nature that comes together for any length of time for any purpose will ine...
A View of the Occupy Wall Street Movement from the Inside: A Participant's Critique of the Occupation of Wall Street
The Occupy Wall Street movement was supposed to be a revolt against a hierarchal, dehumanizing oligopoly. In reality, all that was created was a microcosm of the same system, but with new leaders. Lik...
Wall Street occupation ignites mass movement
The simple, horizontal structure originally created around a GA using modified consensus has become a barrier to practical and political work by the occupiers and those involved through working groups...
What is Consensus?
Consensus evolved from the meeting process of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It is a non-violent way for people to relate to each other as and in a group. Successful use of a consensus pr...
Why Consensus Decision-making Won't Work for Grassroots Unionism
Wetzel contrasts consensus decision-making with democratic decision-making to explain why the latter is more suited to activist groups.
Wobblies & Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical Theory
Lynd, Staughton; Grubacic, Andrej
Wobblies and Zapatistas offers readers an encounter between two generations and two traditions. Staughton Lynd and Andrej Grubacic meet in dialogue in an effort to bring together the anarchist and Mar...
Women's Self-Help Network for Change
A handbook for people wishing to form collectives, or established collectives seeking solutions to problems such as power imbalances, conflict meditation, and setting priorities.
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Progressive comment and analysis by Ulli Diemer, featuring articles, letters, photos and the Radical Digressions Blog.
Tom Wetzel's home page
Wetzel's writing spans a range of topics... from libertarian socialism, anarcho-syndicalism and workers' self-management to unionism, social housing, environmental justice, philosophy, and Los Angeles...
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Connexions compiles and disseminates information about social and economic alternatives. Established in 1975 as an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse, Connexions compiles and publishes a var...
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Fair Vote Canada
Representing over 55,000 Canadians, Fair Vote Canada is a grassroots, multi-partisan citizens' campaign for voting reform. We promote the introduction of an element of proportional representation into elections for all levels of g...
Canadian socialist publisher, writer, and archivist.
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