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A New Book on
Consensus Decision Making

   by Tim Hartnett PhD (New Society Publishers, 2011)

Poised to become a new standard for group facilitation, Consensus Oriented Decision Making combines:

  • An efficient step-wise model
  • A truly collaborative approach
  • Effective conflict resolution techniques
  • Powerful communication skills.

For groups or organizations to function effectively, they must be able to make decisions well. Consensus Oriented Decision Making is the first book to offer groups (and their facilitators) a clear and efficient path to widespread agreement, while fostering full participation and true collaboration.

Groups using the CODM model experience increased cohesion and commitment and stronger relationships as a result of their successful cooperation.

Incorporating the principles of collaboration, inclusion, empathy, and open-mindedness, the CODM process encourages shared ownership of group decisions. It combines the best practices from professional facilitation, mediation, and nonviolent communication. The method can be used in any group situation, regardless of whether the final decision-making power rests with a single person or team, a vote of members, or unanimity.

Businesses, government, non-profit groups, social and community organizations can all benefit from Consensus Oriented Decision Making. Whether you are a designated facilitator or an active participant, understanding this powerful framework will help you contribute to the success of your group through achieving maximum participation and efficiency, a clearer decision-making process, better decisions, and improved group dynamics.


Who This Book is For:

Board Members
Team Leaders
Group Members
Business Owners
Government Officials
Social Workers

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Benefits of Consensus Oriented Decision Making:

Better Decisions

  • Elicits the creative genius of the whole group
  • Solutions address the concerns of all stakeholders
  • High levels of agreement lead to cooperative implementation

Better Process

  • The whole group works together on a common task at each stage
  • Participants give and receive real understanding to promote collaboration
  • There are clear steps toward definitive solutions in an efficient time-frame

Better Groups

  • Group members improve their relationships through successful collaboration
  • Group cohesion is strengthened through generating widespread agreement
  • The communication and collaboration skills gained improve overall group “culture”

Advance Praise:

“Tim Hartnett gets it right when he calls consensus an 'orientation' rather than a rigid rule or method for decision making. The consensus approach yields the greatest benefits to those groups that build a bit of skill with the process and do a bit of planning when using it. Hartnett's new book provides tips and tools that can help groups get smarter about how they use consensus, and it steers clear of the mysticism and hyperbole surrounds the consensus orientation. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to make their group more democratic, more deliberative, and more effective.”

-John Gastil, Professor, Dept of Communication, U Washington, author of Democracy in Small Groups.

“A highly usable and practical guide to navigating the challenging waters of groups acting together. This guide helps me be more consistently effective: it takes what I’ve intuitively done as an experienced facilitator and puts it into a clear step-wise model.  For those less experienced, it will help you avoid many painful pitfalls!”

-Susan Partnow, Founder: Global Citizen Journey, Co-founder: Converstation Cafes and Let’s Talk America, Senior facilitator: The Compassionate Listening Project

"This book arrives at just the right time - when citizens everywhere are looking for practical solutions to the impasse and gridlock that seems to be blocking progress on a wide range of day-to-day concerns. Hartnett's book will be a guidebook for serious people, in the US and around the planet, looking for a simple approach to finding common ground with neighbors, collegues, and partners everywhere. "

-Minnesota Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie

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