MunicipalWorld: Three Simple Tools for Building Consensus

Facilitation: The key to collaborative discussion

1. Identify Stakeholder Concerns

2. Inspire a “Collaborative Consciousness”

3. Take Turns Considering Competing Ideas


Multiple solutions from collaborative effort

The outcome of a truly collaborative discussion is that participants often realize there are multiple possible solutions to most problems. Solution ideas frequently merge or borrow from each other. The collaborative effort results in each option becoming a product of the whole group, not just a faction or individual. Each participant will have the satisfaction of having contributed. And, at the end of the discussion, the decision makers will have a set of well-developed options from which to choose. ”