Group Meetings

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Blocking Progress: Consensus Decision Making In The Anti-Nuclear Movement
Ryan, Howard
Article
1983
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...
Connexions Library: Organizing Focus Page
Website
Selected articles from the Connexions Online Library.
Consensus decision-making: Connexipedia Article
Article
Article about the group decision making process known as consensus decision-making.
Critique of Nonviolent Politics: From Mahatma Gandhi to the Anti-Nuclear Movement
Ryan, Howard
Book
1984
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...
Educating for a Change
Arnold, Rick, Burke, Bev, James, Carl, Martin, D'Arcy, Thomas, Barb
Book
1991
For the authors of Ecuating for a Change, genuine democracy does not happen solely through our political and educational work. Democratic processes and practices are essential elements in achieving a ...
It Ain't the Meeting Its The Motion
Devon, Alexandra
Article
A guide to conducting productive and inclusive meetings in the context of social change.
A Manual for Group Facilitators
Auvine, Brian; Densmore, Betsy; Extrom, Mary; Poole, Scott; Shanklin, Michel
Book
One Vote for Democracy: Consensus vs. democracy
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1986
Makes the case that the democratic model is better than the consensus model for activist group decision-making.
Resource Manual for A Living Revolution: A Handbook of Skills & Tools for Social Change Activists
Coover, Virginia, Deacon, Ellen, Esser, Charles, Moore, Christopher
Book
1977
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...
Traite du Savoir-Vivre for the Occupy Wall Street Generations
Giordano, Al
Article
2011
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...
The Tyranny of Structurelessness
Freeman, Jo
Article
1970
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...
Untying the Knot
Freeman, Jo; Levine, Cathy
Book
What is Consensus?
Article
1984
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...
Working Collectively
Women's Self-Help Network for Change
Book
1984
A handbook for people wishing to form collectives, or established collectives seeking solutions to problems such as power imbalances, conflict meditation, and setting priorities.
Working for Peace: A Handbook of Practical Psychology and Other Tools
Wollman, Neil (ed.)
Book
1985
A survey of the attitudes and tools that can be used in working for peace.

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