Democracy in Small Groups: Participation, Decision Making, by John Gastil

By John Gastil

Drawing from years of expertise and research, John Gastil bargains quite a few ideas to the issues usually confronted via small, democratic teams. He completely explores the dynamics of training democracy, together with the connection among talking rights and listening obligations; the significance of complete entry to info and time table atmosphere; and how one can perform democracy in own, kinfolk and neighbourhood lifestyles. all through, he enriches his feedback with exact descriptions of the dynamics inside of a co-operative supermarket. to aid readers to settle on the democratic constitution just right to their workforce, the publication additionally surveys the entire variety of democratic methods -- together with consensus, majority rule, and proportional results.

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From 1. Suitably prepare thyself for business session by previous p u p or individual waiting upon the Lord [prayer or meditation]. 2. Seek not for information in open business sessionwhich thou shouldst have discovered by reading reports and minutes. stresses the cooperative development of a decision with group members working together rather than competing against each other. Full consent does not mean that everyone must be completely satisfied with the final outcome--in fact, total satisfactionis rare.

If no candidate meets these two conditions, the two candidates with the most first choicm votes participate in a runoff election. The second requirement ensures that the candidate is also acceptable to a maprity of those voting. In a divisive and competitiverace, it is entirely possible that a candidate could win a maprity of first choice votes yet prove unacceptable to a maprity of voters. Members could also have the chance to vote yes or no for each choice, with the final tally adding yes votes and subtracting no votes.

A precursor to the board's procedure is Martha's Rules of Order, developed at a residential housing cooperative. A group using Martha's Rules tries to work toward a full consensus among group members, but if necessary the group can override one or two objections to a proposal with a simple majority vote. If three or more group members object, the override requires a two-thirds majority, and the issue is tabled until the next meeting to allow time for reformulation and compromise on the proposal.

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