Consensus decision-making

  • a quaker business meeting
    members of the shimer college assembly reaching a consensus through deliberation.

    consensus decision-making is a group decision-making process in which group members develop, and agree to support a decision in the best interest of the whole group or common goal. consensus may be defined professionally as an acceptable resolution, one that can be supported, even if not the "favourite" of each individual. it has its origin in the latin word cōnsēnsus (agreement), which is from cōnsentiō meaning literally feel together.[1] it is used to describe both the decision and the process of reaching a decision. consensus decision-making is thus concerned with the process of deliberating and finalizing a decision, and the social, economic, legal, environmental and political effects of applying this process.

  • objectives
  • alternative to common decision-making practices
  • decision rules
  • blocking and other forms of dissent
  • process models
  • roles
  • tools and methods
  • criticism
  • examples
  • additional criticism from biblical and philosophical perspectives
  • see also
  • notes
  • further reading

A Quaker business meeting
Members of the Shimer College Assembly reaching a consensus through deliberation.

Consensus decision-making is a group decision-making process in which group members develop, and agree to support a decision in the best interest of the whole group or common goal. Consensus may be defined professionally as an acceptable resolution, one that can be supported, even if not the "favourite" of each individual. It has its origin in the Latin word cōnsēnsus (agreement), which is from cōnsentiō meaning literally feel together.[1] It is used to describe both the decision and the process of reaching a decision. Consensus decision-making is thus concerned with the process of deliberating and finalizing a decision, and the social, economic, legal, environmental and political effects of applying this process.