Consensus/Consensus Building

True consensus is nice but elusive. CONSENSUS, in fact, is simply the Latin equivalent of the Greek sympátheia, “sympathy”: It entails a real harmony of feeling and purpose-lovely to imagine, but hard to accomplish in your ordinary, workaday “action plan.” What you want is a way of settling the inevitable disagreements. The result may be some set of parliamentary rules, perhaps. But true consensus? Not likely. [Try “process for making decisions”.]

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