Making Better Decisions Together

An introduction to best practices in participatory decision-making.

Location is normally Brighton or Lewes.
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These classes may also be delivered in house to your team, or bespoke on a date convenient to your company or group, please get in touch.

Do you want to…

  • help your group make time-efficient decisions?
  • turn creative differences into an advantage?
  • eliminate political struggle?
  • give everyone a voice?

Formal Consensus and Sociocratic Consent are systems that a group can use to make decisions.

They offer a quick way to get the best creative decision a group can invent.
They do not require unanimous agreement, and they turn conflict into a resource.
They are used by businesses, intentional communities and activist groups on several continents.

We have integrated these two systems into a simple, coherent whole, and we will share it with you in this brief introduction.

By the end of the workshop participants will know the basic steps, rules, and roles of the process, have a chance to practice using the method, and have some  discussion of real-life examples. You will be able to participate effectively in a meeting using this system, but you may not yet be ready to facilitate.  Your questions about your own organisation(s) will be welcome.

These classes are charged on a sliding scale, from £5. We suggest that the fully employed pay £20 or more. If you can afford it, your funds will help us keep the door open to less wealthy community leaders; thank you in advance for your generous contribution.

Workshops are taught by Nathaniel White or one of our other professional facilitators.  Nathaniel White trained with the author of the Formal Consensus manual, C.T. Butler, in 1997, and contributed to the most recent version of the manual. Nathaniel has also trained with and is currently mentored by internationally-known Sociocratic Consultant John Buck.  Nathaniel says:

“Formal Consensus and Sociocratic Consent are the two best decision-making systems I’ve found for drawing out the creative intelligence of a group. They allow participants to empower themselves, to increase the value of diverse group perspectives, to draw out (rather than suppress) unconscious information, and to create shared ownership of decisions (and thus more commitment to effective execution) among the full group. Although I have seen very skilled consensus decision-making in groups that do not use these systems, many of those groups can’t easily pass on what they do because they have skills — not a system.”

Before attending the workshop we suggest you download and read the following resources:

Resolver White – the essential one page basics for using the method

Creative Forces of Self-Organization article

You might also skim over and keep The Formal Consensus Manual – ‘On Conflict and Consensus’, featuring a variety of complementary techniques as well as a more in depth overview