Many of us would love to make decisions that work well for all, and don’t always know how. We might have had experiences of decisions not being made, things being left unclear and/or taking up a lot of time and leading to conflicts. There are some well tried and tested ways of making inclusive decisions that can work well for groups, depending on the context, intention and power dynamics at play.
Convergent facilitation is an inclusive and effective way of making collaborative decisions that builds trust, takes into account power differences, turns conflicts into group dilemmas and energises groups to find creative solutions together.
Deep democracy enables groups to explore different views and conflicts in a way that both connects and increases clarity and understanding.
People’s assemblies supports groups to discuss issues or make decisions collectively, so that all voices are heard and valued equally, and no one person or group dominates.
Consensus decision making is a particular structured process for making decisions. It asks everyone in the group to shape the decision until a compromise is reached that reasonably satisfies everyone.