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  1. I'm not sure if I have a question or just desire some commiserating... Does anybody know what "Consensus" or "Modified Consensus" would be as a Parliamentary Authority? "All TOLIS activities and organization shall be run though consensus. Training in consensus building and running meetings with consensus management will be provided as the TOLIS board deems needed and will be a part of all the leadership trainings developed. A modified form of consensus meeting management will be used with the caveat that if consensus is not able to be reached (with people in disagreement
  2. I am president of a fiber arts nonprofit guild. The following is quoted from this Guild's ByLaws: a) In conducting the affairs of this Guild, the final authority for procedure shall be Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 10th edition, (2000), wherever applicable and not inconsistent with the Bylaws. (This will be changed to reflect 11th edition in December.) From our ByLaws: "In the absence or disability of the President, the Vice-Presidents in order of their rank shall perform all duties of the President. In accordance, a Vice-President shall have all of the powers and re
  3. Consensus: The New Disease Well, it’s not really a "new" disease. It is just that I am seeing more and more arguments in favor of this. However, I have also discovered an article written by a Mr. Scott Henson that was truly a breath of fresh air. Mr. Henson's article, entitled "Death To The Facilitators" is a very well thought out discussion that gathers all the excuses consensus offers and one by one tears them apart, exposing their fallacies. In the second half of his article he launches into a vigorous defense of the use of Robert's Rules of Order as being the only viable alternative
  4. Must all discussion be related to a motion? For example, a member was recognized. She asked why a prospect was not contacted by the president. The president explained his reasoning. Discussion ensued. The group seemed unanimous in their opinion that president should have contacted the prospect. He agreed that he should have done so, and said he would initiate contact. This occurred with no motion on the floor. Should the member raising the topic have presented it in the form of a motion, or could the rules have been suspended?
  5. Are motions required to open discussions that don't require a vote? Or, should all action based discussions require a vote. We often have discussions to guide general direction and further development of an agenda item---seeking consensus on the direction, without a formal vote---should this informal "consensus-seeking" be put to a vote instead? Is there another less formal, but more appropriate process for "reaching consensus"?
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