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- Publisher: Seeds for Change Lancaster Co-operative ltd (24 May 2016)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01G5C91D8
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"Excellent - clear guidance, thoughtful reflection on power and conflict" - THE GUARDIAN (UK)--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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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