Responding to COVID-19

We had planned to release to you our exciting schedule of spring events this week – but, of course, the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus is forcing us to rethink how we will continue to do community engagement over the coming weeks and months. Along with the national #ListenFirst network, we are postponing our […]

Nominate now for the 2017 Civility Award

Help Consensus celebrate the people and organizations who work civilly and cooperatively across divides – economic, geographic, political and others – to improve our community. Please nominate for a Consensus Civility Award a person, organization or event that improves our region, putting civility into action for our benefit. The Consensus Civility Awards and a Nov. […]

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 […]