Building consensus in a co-operative business can be important for its sustainability, especially in the early development. Encouraging people to participate in a co-operative’s decision making process is a good method of building engagement and buy-in. Often, facilitated meetings are the default method of getting information and input from a group. But exploring other methods, such as a dotmocracy exercise, may be more engaging and fun for participants.
While this type of decision making will not work for all decisions, it’s important to recognize when more streamlined approaches are needed. When deciding on core values, mission statements, or the name of a co-operative, inclusive, active and engaging exercises, like the one below, work well . Check out the dotmocracy activity below.
What you’ll need:
How to do the exercise: