our urban village cohousing 

a home of your own, neighbours you know

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 members

  • 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