Consensus is about hearing everybody’s voice. It is about finding solutions that suit the whole group. It’s about listening to and valuing everyone’s opinion.
In each meeting, there will be three facilitators. The Main facilitator will focus on covering the agenda and taking proposals. The Access Facilitator will focus on ensuring everybody can participate equally. The Stack Facilitator will focus on making sure that everyone that wishes to speak gets their turn.
Autonomy and Consensus
As free thinking and free acting individuals we will be making important decisions autonomously or in small groups everyday. If an issue arises that effects the entire camp or its future. We may attempt to reach a whole group consensus.
After a long enough discussion the Facilitators will test for support. If support for a proposal is over 90% then the facilitators will check for the following:
Any Blocks? – An individual objection so serious that it may holt a proposal. A block must be recognised as valid by 75% of the meeting in order for it to holt a proposal.
Any Stand Asides? – “I don’t fully support this proposal but I’m prepared to side with the will of the group.”
If there are valid Blocks or over 10% stand asides then we will discuss and possibly modify the proposal to suit the groups wishes. Or replace it with a counter proposal. If there are no valid Blocks and less than 10% stand aside.
Then we have Consensus!