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. 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.