Creating the Conditions for Collaborative Decision Making

Effective collaborative decision-making requires a climate of openness and trust where participants can share their viewpoints without judgment or recrimination, and ultimately support the decision of the group even if it is not their preference. Leaders of collaborative decision-making must create the conditions in which this can happen, balancing the tensions of individual and group to foster open dialogue and collective support. Mutual understanding of the process among the leader and participants, as well as certain underlying constructs, make success more likely.  This includes understanding the difference between consensus and sense of the meeting.  Based in the principles of the Quaker practice of gathering a “sense of the meeting,” this workshop is applicable to a wide variety of groups.