Reward civility; nominate someone for the 2016 Consensus Civility Award

The Consensus Civility Award highlights people who have worked across differences to solve problems. Consensus is a nonprofit organization that engages the public in difficult public policy decisions. Our research shows that whether this happens in a civil manner depends on the people, the process, and how the problem is addressed. The awards breakfast will […]

Well-managed logistics makes small groups effective

How to tame the logistics involved in your small-group discussion In 2013, Consensus is helping replace the old public hearing model, which citizens don’t like, with small groups, which work so much better. Every newsletter will include an article about small groups and how to use them. The February article covered the benefits of small […]

Small groups work better, and Consensus helps you use them

2013: The Year of the Small Group In Infinite Jest, author David Foster Wallace imagined a world in which years have sponsors, like the Year of the Trial-Size Dove Bar or the Year of Dairy Products from America’s Heartland. In the spirit of that groundbreaking (and almost infinite) American novel, Consensus hereby declares 2013 the […]