• Consent is the absence of objections
    • everyone affected by a decision can “live with it”
    • consent is not consensus with unanimity
  • Consent is used to make and evolve all agreements in a circle
  • Objections stop proposals becoming agreements
  • Withholding objections could harm the aims of a group or organization
  • Being able to raise objections at any time means that proposals only need to be good enough for now, safe enough to try
  • Every agreement has a review date

Consent Decision Making…

  • is a facilitated decision making process
  • deliberately harvests reasoned objections in order to integrate the wisdom they contain in proposals or existing agreements
  • helps balance equivalence and effectiveness
  • experienced groups can move quickly through the stages of Consent Decision Making

Harvesting Objections to Capture Emergent Wisdom