Organizing assembly best practices
Making Decisions The MACC Organizing Assembly uses the consensus process of decision-making. Consensus is a form of decision-making that expresses the individual and collective voice. Rather than coercing people to make statements or take actions, consensus asks for the consent of all. This is in contrast to voting in which the majority rules regardless of how the minority is feeling. In consensus every voice is heard, and collaboration is encouraged over competition.
Process Flow Discussion ▶ Proposal ▶ Questions ▶ Concerns ▶ Stand-asides ▶ Blocks ▶ Consensus!
Discussion: There may be a topic brought forward by the MACC Organizing Assembly or participants in the assembly. This will be discussed generally, and then more specifically until the political point or course of action is clear. The facilitator or one of the assembly participants may synthesize the discussion into a proposal.
Proposal: An idea or course of action that is up for decision.
Questions: Inquiries that help to further clarify the proposal.
Concerns: Reservations, political or logistical, about a proposal.
Stand-asides: If a participant has serious reservations but sees no harm in other participants moving forward with something, then they may stand aside.
Blocks: If a participant feels that the proposal would do harm to the assembly as a whole and challenge the very principles and foundations of the political work, then they may block, which effectively prevents consensus.
Consensus: If everyone has had an opportunity to speak, the proposal has support, and there are no blocks, then there is consensus.