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Blocking Progress: Consensus Decision Making In The Anti-Nuclear Movement
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...
Calling All Radicals: How Grassroots Organizers Can Help Save Our Democracy
Thompson argues that we can reclaim our democracy through grassroots organizing.
Clearness: Processes for Supporting Individuals and Groups in Decision-Making
Connexions Digest: Volume 12, Number 1 - Fall 1988 - A Social Change Sourcebook
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Consensus decision-making: Connexipedia 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 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
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 ...
How to Make Meetings Work: The New Interaction Method
How to Make Union Meetings Interesting and Useful
Parker, Mike; Gruelle, Martha
Meetings should give members a sense of power by bringing them together. They can see and feel that they are not alone, that others have similar problems, and that others have found solutions. They ca...
It Ain't the Meeting Its The Motion
A guide to conducting productive and inclusive meetings in the context of social change.
Let the People Decide: Neighbourhood Organizing in America
A history of neighbourhood-based community organizing in the United States.
Managing Wastes: A Guide to Citizens' Involvement
Jackson, John, Wallace, Barbara
Second editon of booklet first published in 1984, outling how citizens can involve themselves in decision-making about waste management. ...
A Manual for Group Facilitators
Auvine, Brian; Densmore, Betsy; Extrom, Mary; Poole, Scott; Shanklin, Michel
The Connexions collective describes its way of holding meetings and recent changes to its meeting process.
Discusses the democratic organizational forms appropriate to libertarian socialist organizations.
One Vote for Democracy: Consensus vs. democracy
Makes the case that the democratic model is better than the consensus model for activist group decision-making.
Organize! Organizing for Social Change
Bobo, Kim; Kendall, Jerry; Max, Steve
A guide to community organizing with attention to specific tasks such as hosting meetings, public speaking and making partnerships with other activist groups.
Overcoming Male Oppression
People join a social change movement in order to alleviate an external problem. Too often we are confronted with the same kind of behaviour we find in our everyday lives. We are all too often stifled ...
Pragmatics of Community Organization: First Edition
Information on how to plan action, how to organize meetings, how to train participants for action, how to negotiate, and how to end a particular exercise in community organization.
Resource Manual for A Living Revolution: A Handbook of Skills & Tools for Social Change Activists
Coover, Virginia, Deacon, Ellen, Esser, Charles, Moore, Christopher
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...
The Theology of Consensus
Consensus decision-making has dominated social movements for forty years. Let’s try something different. Outside of small-group settings, consensus process is unwieldy, off-putting, tiresome, and inef...
The Tyranny of Structurelessness
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
What is Consensus?
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...
Why Consensus Decision-making Won't Work for Grassroots Unionism
Wetzel contrasts consensus decision-making with democratic decision-making to explain why the latter is more suited to activist groups.
Women's Self-Help Network for Change
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.)
A survey of the attitudes and tools that can be used in working for peace.
Attending a Meeting - How you can Play a Role in its Success
From job interviews to strategy sessions, it's important to make a good impression in any meeting. Making a good impression starts with careful planning and preparation.
A blueprint for planning and executing special events with flair and without any unexpected surprises and expenses.
Proven Methods for Planning more Efficient, Productive Meetings
Meetings can be highly effective for addressing issues or achieving your organization's goals. They also have the potential to consume time and energy better spent elsewhere without careful planning a...