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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 46

Participatory Decision Making

David Graeber's Democracy Project (2013) is based on the ideas that everyone affected by a decision should have an equal chance to influence it and that no one should be bound by something he or she cannot accept. This technique puts these ideas into practice.

Purposes

  • To develop a deeper, more appreciative understanding of reaching consensus
  • To strive to reach a decision in which everyone involved feels his or her viewpoint and concerns have been heard and responded to
  • To practice developing the ground rules of consensus decision making

How It Works

  • The facilitator starts by establishing some basic principles that parallel Graeber's (2013) ideas for moving toward consensus:
    1. Principle 1: Anyone ...

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