Consensus: A Foolish Consistency?
When I was young and idealistic (I am now old and idealistic) I was involved in the formation of a new political party in Australia. Eager to do my bit, I volunteered to be its policy coordinator.
The other parties didn’t have policy coordinators, but we were determined to be as democratic as possible, and that meant taking account of the views of all of the members. Luckily there weren’t very many members, but even so it was an onerous task. I decided to make it easier and more efficient by using the Delphi technique, a tool used in business to help a group progress from consultation to consensus.
The basis of the method is working the consultation in a series of steps:
1. Circulate the problem to group ...