On Wed, May 26, 2004 at 11:49:22PM -0400, Walter Landry wrote: > > Dude, consensus doesn't mean "me, and the people who agree with me", > > it means "everyone", "everyone, apart from a few people who don't really > > mind in any case" or "everyone, apart from maybe a few crazy people". > >From the first link I gave: Yay, definition wars! What fun! A result achieved through negotiation whereby a hybrid solution is arrived at between parties to an issue, dispute or disagreement, comprising typically of concessions made by all parties, and to which all parties then subscribe unanimously as an acceptable resolution to the issue or disagreement. www.duhaime.org/dictionary/dict-c.htm Consensus decision making requires that everyone agrees with a decision; not just a majority as occurs in majority-rule processes. In consensus-based processes, people must work together to develop an agreement that is good enough (though not necessarily perfect) that all of the people at the table are willing to agree to it. www.colorado.edu/conflict/peace/glossary.htm A mutually acceptable agreement that integrates the interests of all concerned parties. Consensus is different from decisions reached through voting or an individual or body making a unilateral decision. Consensus does not require unanimous consent. An agreement reached through consensus may not satisfy each participant's interests equally or receive a similar level of support from all participants. Once an agreement is reached through consensus, all parties will be committed to its implementation. www.saskjustice.gov.sk.ca/DisputeResolution/glossary.shtml An agreement can be adopted by consensus rather than by a vote when there are no stated objections from delegations. unfccc.int/siteinfo/glossary.html The making of a decisions by general agreement and in the absence of any voiced objection. august1.com/pubs/dict/c.htm Cheers, aj -- Anthony Towns <email@example.com> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/> Don't assume I speak for anyone but myself. GPG signed mail preferred. ``Like the ski resort of girls looking for husbands and husbands looking for girls, the situation is not as symmetrical as it might seem.''
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