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  1. Against All Odds
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1985
    The shadow haunting the power structure is the danger that those who are controlled will realize they are powerless only so long as they think they are. Once people stop believing they are powerless the whole edifice is in danger of collapse.
  2. Blocking Progress
    Consensus Decision Making In The Anti-Nuclear Movement

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1983
    Howard Ryan maintains that consensus is wrong in principle and in practice: "The problem is not so much that individuals are being irresponsible or somehow abusing the consensus process. The problem lies in giving individuals that kind of power in the first place. Consensus turns majority rule into minority rule. That's not democracy."
  3. Building Social Change Communities
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1979
    Skills for creating and maintaining a collective or cooperative group, especially living communities. Excellent, concise chapters on consensus decision making, facilitation and conflict resolution.
  4. Building United Judgement
    A handbook for consensus decision making

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1981
    Describes the techniques and skills which groups can apply to make the principles of consensus work effectively.
  5. A Chill Descends On Occupy Wall Street
    The Tangled Purse Strings

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    Undemocratic movements are vulnerable to being taken over by a vocal minority or a chraismatic individual.
  6. Clearness
    Processes for Supporting Individuals and Groups in Decision-Making

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1976
  7. The collective decides...
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1991
    The obsession with 'process politics' leads to an obsession with all aspects of internal structure and its working. As a result, the collective can often lose sight of its larger political objectives and the primacy of the form of organisation over the political objectives it was set up to meet. This often occurs in two stages. At the outset the collective process is regarded as equally important to whatever political purposes the group might have. Later the process itself often comes to be seen as of primary importance
  8. Connexions Library: Organizing Focus Page
    Resource Type: Website
    Selected articles from the Connexions Online Library.
  9. Consensus decision-making
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    Article about the group decision making process known as consensus decision-making.
  10. Group Techniques For Program Planning: A Guide To Nominal And Delphi Processes
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1975
    Presents two highly adaptable methods for high involvement decision making in large groups. Some of the more "progressive" work coming out of business schools in the 1970's.
  11. It Ain't the Meeting Its The Motion
    Resource Type: Article
    A guide to conducting productive and inclusive meetings in the context of social change.
  12. Joining Together: Group Theory and Group Skills
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1975
    A practical learning guide that includes both theory and activities to improve understanding and skills in subjects such as group dynamics, leadership, conflict, communication and group decision making.
  13. Wendy-Moore MacQueen, Author, Speaker and President of Mormac Brand Re-engineering
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
  14. A Manual for Group Facilitators
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1977
  15. No Bosses Here!
    A Manual on Working Collectively and Cooperatively

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1981
    A perceptive and practical guide to working in a collective.
  16. On Organization
    Resource Type: Article
    Discusses the democratic organizational forms appropriate to libertarian socialist organizations.
  17. One Vote for Democracy
    Consensus vs. democracy

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1986
    Makes the case that the democratic model is better than the consensus model for activist group decision-making.
  18. Resource Manual for A Living Revolution
    A Handbook of Skills & Tools for Social Change Activists

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1985
    A manual for people who are concerned or angered by the deterioration of our society and who, because they have some sense that their efforts can have an effect on change, are looking for tools to transform it. It is a working reference for those who are prepared to act to create a better life for themselves and others.
  19. The Socialist Register 1968
    Volume 5: A Survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1968
  20. Sources welcomes Wendy Moore-MacQueen
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    Sources welcomes a new member: Wendy Moore-MacQueen, Author, Speaker and President of Mormac Brand Re-engineering.
  21. The Theology of Consensus
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Consensus decision-making has dominated social movements for forty years. Let’s try something different. Outside of small-group settings, consensus process is unwieldy, off-putting, tiresome, and ineffective. Many inclusive, accountable alternative methods are available for making decisions democratically. If we want to change the world, let's pick ones that work.
  22. The Tyranny of Structurelessness
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1970
    Contrary to what we would like to believe, there is no such thing as a "structureless" group. Any group of people of whatever nature that comes together for any length of time for any purpose will inevitably structure itself in some fashion. The structure may be flexible; it may vary over time; it may evenly or unevenly distribute tasks, power and resources over the members of the group. But it will be formed regardless of the abilities, personalities, or intentions of the people involved.
  23. Untying the Knot
    Resource Type: Book
  24. Why Consensus Decision-making Won't Work for Grassroots Unionism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    Wetzel contrasts consensus decision-making with democratic decision-making to explain why the latter is more suited to activist groups.
  25. Worker Cooperatives in America
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1984
    A historical background of worker cooperatives as well as a contemporary discussion of small and large co-ops.
  26. Working Collectively
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1985
    A handbook for people wishing to form collectives, or established collectives seeking solutions to problems such as power imbalances, conflict meditation, and setting priorities.

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