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Volume 2, Number 4, July 2002

All About Consensus

It is no secret that decision-making can be challenging, especially for large student groups. Campus organizations and groups often rely on consensus to come to an agreement or resolve conflict. Although consensus is an effective way to make decisions, the method can backfire when used inappropriately.

With the start of the academic year fast approaching, the Report staff recommends two consensus-related websites to help groups work in harmony.

Consensus information from the University of Wisconsin-Stout - This website defines consensus, explains why majority rule and consensus have flaws, provides a consensus model, lists of useful resources and has a humorous story about consensus gone wrong.

Consensus Building: Deciding How To Decide from Winona State Univeristy - This website describes consensus and provides methods and models.
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