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A Consensus Handbook

Co-operative decision-making for activists, co-ops and communities

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A Consensus Handbook, Paperback, 228pp, A5, illustrated.

ISBN: 978-0-9575871-0-6

RRP £7.00, or £4.50 plus postage if ordered directly from us at Seeds for Change Lancaster.

Or download the book as a PDF - 10 Mb

Over a decade's worth of experience of facilitating, training and skillsharing consensus by the Seeds for Change co-operatives has been distilled into this 228 page handbook.

More and more groups are using consensus to make decisions, and awareness of the advantages of consensus are seeping into mainstream consciousness. In the UK the Camp for Climate Action introduced thousands to the process, and Occupy groups all over the world began experimenting with different ways of reaching consensus in 2011.

In A Consensus Handbook we explain the spirit and philosophy of co-operative decision making as well as providing practical guidance on how to facilitate a consensus process. We look at common situations and explain the skills and tools your group can use to ease the path to a decision. We've included material on some of the pitfalls and problems you and your group may face - and have provided some suggestions of how to deal with them!

Whether you're new to consensus or are experienced; whether you think it's the best way to make decisions or are struggling to make it work: A Consensus Handbook is for you.


  • Making decisions by consensus
  • Facilitating consensus
  • Facilitation techniques and activities
  • Facilitating consensus in large groups
  • Facilitating consensus in virtual meetings
  • Quick consensus decision making
  • Troubleshooting in your meetings
  • Bridging the gap between theory and practice
  • Consensus in wider society

How to order A Consensus Handbook

We are now taking orders for the book.

If you would like to order a copy of this book then send a cheque or postal order (payable to Seeds for Change Lancaster Co-operative), to us at:
Seeds for Change Lancaster Co-operative
Storey Institute
Meeting House Lane
Lancaster LA1 1TH

Price of books ordered directly from Seeds for Change, for posting within the UK
1 copy £4.50 + £1.54 postage = £6.04
2 copies £9.00 + £2.85 postage = £11.85
3 copies £13.50 + £2.85 postage = £16.35
(Please contact us if you want to bulk purchase, or for postage to other countries.)

You can also order A Consensus Handbook from your local bookshop (RRP £7.00). Ask them for:
A Consensus Handbook, Co-operative decision-making for activists, co-ops and communities, ISBN: 978-0-9575871-0-6

PS - also available in Russian

 A group called Radical Theory and Practice has translated the handbook into Russian: Настольная книга по консенсусy.

cover of A Consensus Handbook

A Consensus Handbook: the guide to consensus and facilitation
by Seeds for Change. More details, and how to get a copy...