“We use consensus… but vote if we can’t agree”

Many non-profits I work with claim they make decisions using consensus… “unless we can’t agree and need to move on, then we vote.”

I highlight that they are not really making decisions by consensus–they are using majority rule and should clarify that in any decision-making policies and procedures.

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Polishing stones

In his book “Power and Love”, Adam Kahane talks about the importance of creating a strong ‘container’ that will serve to draw out the collective intelligence of a group. Kahane quotes Crane Stookey’s metaphor of a stone polisher:

“The image that best describes this principle is the stone polisher, the can that turns and tumbles […]