Each group uses a slightly different process to reach consensus – with different degrees of structure and formalities. The key to making this work is for everyone to clearly express their needs and views and for the group to use this information to find a solution that builds on the basis of common training and resolves disputes. Consensus decisions are designed to meet the most important needs of all and to strike a balance between what different people want. In an effective consensus group, everyone knows that they can be honest about what they want and have confidence in their taking seriously. This in turn means getting to know each other and building open and respectful relationships as the foundation of a true community. Don`t be afraid of disagreements and conflicts. The consensus is not that we all think the same thing. Differences of opinion are of course to be expected. Differences of opinion can help a group`s decision, because with a wide variety of information and opinions, the group is more likely to find good solutions.
An easy-to-reach consensus may mask the fact that some people do not feel safe or confident enough to express their disagreements. Unanimous or seemingly unanimous decisions may have drawbacks.  You may be symptoms of systemic bias, a manipulated process (in which an agenda is not published or modified in advance if one knows who is present to agree), afraid to speak one`s own mind, a lack of creativity (to propose alternatives) or even a lack of courage (continue on the same path towards a more extreme solution that would not obtain unanimous consent). If you have long-term problems, are the conditions for consensus a good place to start – does it exist within your group? If not, could you build these conditions? If z.B. the people in the group are constantly in conflict, you may need to take a few steps back and define together what the group`s objectives are. If this does not work and you fail to agree on a common global goal, wouldn`t consensus be the right process for your group right now? It is precisely in large organizations that it is customary to have one last chance of voting if the blockages cannot be resolved. This tends to happen only after great efforts have been made to find a solution, for example. B, the issue has been discussed in several meetings without a solution. It often applies only to important decisions and usually requires a super-majority (approximately 75% or 90%). Unicorn Grocery is a working-class cooperative that operates a full-time shop in Manchester, UK. You are a very successful ethical activity and you now have more than 70 employees. Unicorn engages in the collective management of flat management and makes consensual decisions and works in teams where most operational decisions are made on a day-to-day basis.
Elected team representatives meet annually in 14-day meetings to support and monitor subgroup tasks and decision implementation. In an ideal consensus process, there would be no block, as greater concern about a proposal would have been noticed and addressed before moving on to the decision phase. The fact that someone feels the need to block a proposal means that something has gone wrong before. However, this happens sometimes, so the blocking option should be available. A consensual decision should involve all those who will be fundamentally affected by the result – not those who, by chance, will participate in the meeting where it will be debated! In groups where different people are present at each meeting, it can be difficult to know which of the new people will eventually get fully involved. And to complicate matters, many groups have members involved in the conduct of decisions, but who cannot (or do not want) to attend meetings.