We practice a consensus decision-making process similar to the “N Street Cohousing Method” and minimize meetings through voluntary circles.
“But consensus doesn’t work!?”
We agree. Strict consensus systems have a difficult time functioning smoothly among groups of hyper-domesticated humans acculturated to interact in hierarchical dominance structures. We recognize problems with consensus as originally articulated, and modify the process to include iteratively improving ideas rather than blocks and subterfuge. In practical terms, anyone who doesn’t like an idea is allowed and expected to come up with an alternate idea rather than simply stalling the process.