Consent process

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sociocracy: effective governance


The consent process has four parts:

  • present the proposal
  • answer clarifying questions
  • quick reactions
  • consent (and/or deal with objections)


Each part of the consent process contributes to equivalence, effectiveness and transparency. We present the proposal and allow clarifying questions to avoid misunderstandings (which cost time). Instead of hearing opinions, we first try to understand the proposal as is. In the quick reactions, we get a sense of where the group is at. It is also the place for small improvements that are in line with the proposal. Consent decision (the principle of “no objections”) ensures equivalence: a decision is made only when no one has an objection.