Planning for Consensus

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  Those were the words of my Anthropology professor at Northern Arizona University, and he probably stole it from someone else.  My children say that phrase will be on my tombstone, since they've heard me say it many times.

What does this have to do with cohousing?  Plenty!  Consensus is a decision-making process in which an agreement is reached by all members of a group, and many cohousing communities use this method. It is not easy, it takes some time, but is apparently quite rewarding.


Our Flagstaff Cohousing community is growing, and we want to be ahead of the curve when it comes to making the myriad decisions that will inevitably come as we realize our dream.  We want to succeed!  With that in mind, 17 of our members participated in a 2 hour Planning for Consensus discussion, facilitated by Dr. Chris Gunn, a licensed psychologist in Flagstaff.  We worked through our preconceptions (both positive and negative) about what consensus is and identified what more we'd like to learn.  Stay tuned...................

 The snacks were yummy and the company tons of fun!

The snacks were yummy and the company tons of fun!

Written by Nancy Andrews, Member