- The proposal is laid out clearly, and the facilitator checks that everyone understands it
- Only one person to speak at a time, with no side conversations and no interruption
- Facts and opinions are to be laid out clearly, calmly and concisely, with no repeating of points already made
- If people are concerned that a point was not heard by everyone, they can raise the issue and the facilitator can check if it is so
- People indicate to the facilitator that they wish to contribute, and the facilitator maintains a mental queue and invites people to speak in order. People can speak more than once, but cannot repeat points
- Suggestions to modify the proposal during the debate are not allowed, but the debate can be stopped and a new one started if everyone agrees
- When the last point is made, the facilitator asks if there is any other piece of information on which someone is basing their decision which they have not heard voiced so far
- The facilitator confirms that everyone feels that their points have been heard, and that everyone is now basing their decision on the same information as everybody else
- The facilitator asks if everyone is therefore willing to abide by and support a majority choice – if not, the facilitator seeks to understand why, and what else needs to be discussed to make a majority choice the fairest option
- The facilitator takes a vote on whether the proposal as originally stated is to be adopted. The vote is binding on the group
- Clothesline for target setting by consensus
- Red Green Cards for Consensus Reaching
- Shortcutting the consensus process
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