i) A chairperson and a team of, say, three consensors invite all parties in the debate to propose options. The consensors produce a list of these options.
ii) The debate on all options then follows. The consensors may add any new ideas, as and when they are proposed; and/or remove any old ideas if agreed to unanimously.
iii) If, at the end of the debate, only one option remains, that can be taken as the verbal consensus. If, however, there are still quite a few options ‘on the table’, the consensors draw up a ballot and, when all parties are agreed that this list includes their own option, either verbatim or in composite, then all proceed to a preferendum vote.iv) Everyone casts (one, some or hopefully all) their preferences. Preferences mean points. And the option with the most points is the winner.
Last updated on September 19, 2008 by Deborda