Why May Consensus Be Desirable?

Consensus provides the potential for more creative solutions depending on the extent to which each party can identify with the interests of  other parties.

  • Creates more durable and lasting solutions.
  • Risk of future undermining of the decision is diminished.
  • Builds commitment to implementation on the part of all involved – all participants share responsibility for success.
  • Enhances the development of new partnerships and maintenance of valued relationships.
  • Increase respect among participants.
  • Improves understanding and tolerance of each affected person’s interests – dialogue between equals.
  • Builds a sense of community unity instead of a collection of disparate individuals.
  • Eliminates win-lose competitive outcomes; decisions are win-win.
  • Provides regular opportunities to voice dissent – empowerment in the process.


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