Consensus is often the decision making tool of choice
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First, an operational definition: Consensus is the common sense of most after the consultation of all. This means that consensus is not necessarily unanimity of thought. In Summit workshop and planning groups, participants are given the responsibility to verbally jump up and down if they disagree with the direction the decision is headed. That way they can slow the process down for a fuller discussion.
Pros of consensus as a tool
Cons of consensus as a tool
Alternatives to consensus