Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making (Ebook)


A common decision making practice within intentional communities, consensus enables mutual power and ownership of decisions as well as effective tools for solving problems.

Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making can provide for you the framework and steps your community is looking for!

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Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making

The CODM Model for Facilitating Groups to Widespread Agreement

by Tim Hartnett

A poor decision making process can leave group members frustrated, disillusioned and discouraged. Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making (CODM) offers groups and group facilitators a clear and efficient pathway to generating widespread agreement while fostering full participation and true collaboration.

Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making combines:

  • Deep insight into complex group dynamics
  • Effective conflict resolution techniques
  • Powerful communication skills
  • Shared ownership of decisions

Business, government, nonprofit, social and community organizations, and even families can all benefit from this simple step-by-step model. Whether you are a designated facilitator or an active participant, understanding this powerful framework will help you contribute to the success of your group.

About the Author of Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making

Tim Hartnett, Ph.D., is a group facilitator and mediator who blends extensive knowledge of non-violent communication with insightful understanding of group dynamics and effective techniques for conflict resolution. He practices as a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in individual counseling, couples therapy, and parenting after separation. He is also the founder of a small intentional community in Santa Cruz, CA.

Learn About Consensus With Others!

Now you can learn about consensus decision-making while practicing with others. Join our 5-week courses on Consensus for Cooperative Groups, both an introductory level 101 and an intermediate level 201. When done well, intentional communities can benefit greatly from this powerful decision-making process. Get started with your group today!

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