People often balk at the notion of consensus-based processes and decision-making. In my opinion, what the naysayers usually fail to realize is:
- Consensus does not require that every person participate in every decision. Often consensus means agreeing to trust a single person to make a decision.
- Consensus doesn't always have to apply to a decision. Sometimes it's enough to gain consensus for a process to come to the decision.
- Consensus doesn't always require agreement. Sometimes it's enough for a participant to merely go along with a decision with the understanding that the group will learn from the consequences.