- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Seeds for Change Lancaster Co-operative (1 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0957587104
- ISBN-13: 978-0957587106
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.3 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,493,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Consensus Handbook: Co-operative decision-making for activists, co-ops and communities Paperback – 1 May 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
With a deliberately un-jargonned, down-to-earth style and vocabulary, this book is invaluable for any individual or group trying to work together to share power. I would reccommend it to voluntary, charity, campaigning, activist and even church groups and parish councils to help get under what stops people sharing power fairly, developing better listening skills, organising together, making plans and sticking to them.
There are excellent tick-lists about making transparent agendas, making group-agreements and making meetings as accessible as possible. There are loads of creative tools and suggestions for integrating people-who-talk-too-much, hearing more from people-who-find-it-hard-to-contribute, getting realistic with groups that are all therapy and no action, and vice versa. There are detailed sections on making consensus work with very large (60-1000) groups as well as more family-sized organisations.
The illustrations throughout by the excellent Carrie MacKinnon are sometimes useful for turning into bigger posters (the honesty onion) always warmly human and occasionally very witty (The butterfly meeting).
Carrie's is the only name you'll find in this book, as - true to its core - it was not the work of 1, 2 or even 5 authors but a proper consensus-decision making task spread harmoniously over many contributers, a few nations and a few years. The long, gentle work paid off and the book is now out there for good, ready to help any readers with the ambition to work more co-operatively.
I particular like the chapter looking at how consensus may work in larger societies, how we would organise ervery day life like this. But obviously an area that needs more work
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent, informed and practical guide to consensus decision-making - don't go to your meeting without it!Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Insightful, easy to navigate, grounded in real experience - so useful.Published 13 months ago by S. Brown