why we chose our decision making model
We get asked all the time, "How do people make decisions with their neighbours? How do I know my opinions will be heard?"
Living in an urban village requires a decision making model we can all agree on and that is fair and transparent to everyone. We chose the Consensus Decision Making model to help us develop a strong, well-functioning urban village. We opted for this model because it is:
- Agreement seeking: It attempts to generate as much agreement as possible for the entire group.
- Collaborative: Participants contribute to creating a shared proposal and
shaping it into a decision that considers the concerns of all group
- Cooperative: Participants try to reach the best possible decision for
the group rather than one based on personal preferences
- Egalitarian: All members have the opportunity for equal input into the
process and to present and amend proposals
- Inclusive: Members consider as many stakeholders as possible to reach a decision