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Consensus Decision-Making

A Virtual Learning Center for People
Interested In Making Decisions by Consensus

Test Your Understanding of Consensus

The following test is based on the video Consensus 101. After you complete the test you can check your answers and print a certificate of completion to verify that you have aquired a solid basic understanding of consensus.

1) Who are the "stakeholders" of a decision?

2) What increases the likelyhood of active participation by group members?

3) Why would we never take a vote on Joe's proposal?

Because all proposals belong to the group, no matter who originated them

4) How much agreement are we trying to get in a consensus process?

We always try for as much agreement as possible

5) Whole Group Thinking is:

6) The facilitator

7) The "vibes watcher"

8) The stacker

9) Participants

10) Important topics

should begin with an open discussion

11) A list of needs and concerns

can provide a criteria for proposals to address

12) Open discussion happens

in any of the above, or other possible formats

13) The goals of open discussion is

all of the above

14) When discussing proposals participants should

build a proposal that meets all of the group's concerns as much as possible

15) If you object to a popular proposal, you should

ask the group to modify the proposal to address your conerns

16) If only a few people object to a popular idea, the others should

17) Groups work more collaboratively when

18) Unanimity

19) A decision rule is

all of the above

20) To be functional, a group needs

21) What benefits ensue from a unanimity decision rule?

22) When a popular proposal is blocked

the values of equality, collaboration, and maximum agreement seeking are not realized

23) Groups that have difficulty satisfying their decision rule

24) To get maximum agreement, it is most important to

use a process that embodies consensus values

25) Groups most suited to a uninimity decision rule are

all of the above

26) Which of the following is NOT one of the ethics of blocking:

27) A consensus process can be used


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