Consensus Decision Making
Creating a fair and sustainable society through consensus governing is a commitment to equality, communication, and creative solutions. Because everyone’s voice is equal it requires patience and dedication; the end result is genuine fairness, equal representation, cooperation, and creation of a community of empowered people. The founding team has been specifically trained in consensus by One Community consultants Dr. Connie Stomper and Jack Reed (author of The Next Evolution), who are committed to helping us with our continuing consensus trainings that are a requirement for all team members before moving onto the property.
SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY AND ONENESS
We believe consensus is an essential part of the community maintenance process, a foundation for a sustainable society, a key part of what we desire to share as part of our open source blueprint, and a commitment like no other to Oneness and working together for The Highest Good of All Concerned. For this reason we are committed to a 100% consensus trained team and phasing in consensus on the property over the first 90 days as outlined below.
PHASING IN CONSENSUS AND ONE COMMUNITY
We will phase in full-consensus decision making over the first 3 months of being on the property because of the high volume of decisions to be made and a recognition that it will be a learning process. This phasing in will be accomplished in two 45-day phases of majority vote decision making leading to a full-consensus governing system at the 90 day mark. Here is the phasing in process:
- 1st 45 days: 70% majority vote to make decisions (28 of 40 and all must vote or delegate vote)
- 2nd 45 days: 85% majority vote to make decisions (32 of 40 and all must vote or delegate vote)
- Full consensus from the 90-day mark forward with participation optional
This timeline can be altered through the voting process outlined above. To ensure that we end up operating at full-consensus sooner rather than later, however, all members must be present (no delegation of voting) after the 90-day mark until full-consensus (as outlined by the Community Planet model for large groups) is adopted and participation becomes 100% optional.
In the end it is the commitment to the consensus process as a foundation of community building that makes it work. By dedicating ourselves to a consciousness of operating for The Highest Good of All Concerned in our decision making process and everything we do, we empower each other and adopt a “WE mentality” – embodying teamwork, collaboration, and the true definition of community.