Links to Background and Resources
on collective process
essays
nEssays from Anarres Books: anarres.org.au/essayndx
1. "The Tyranny of Structurelessness"
by Jo Freeman
2. "Collective Organisation" by John Englart
3. ANTI-MASS-"Methods of Organisation for Collectives"

nMurray Bookchin Archive
dwardmac.pitzer.edu
Excerpt: Murray Bookchin on Consensus
"[Consensus] permits an insidious authoritarianism and gross manipulations."

nFrom Left Green Perspectives: A Social Ecology Publication: "Policy Statements" lgp.social-ecology.org/issues
Excerpt:Policy Statement (on consensus) by Janet Biehl
"Truth and clarity reside in the interests of the oppressed, not in the interests of those in power. Attempts to stymie discussion only support the ruling order."

nThe Bureau of Public Secrets: www.bopsecrets.org
Includes:The Joy of Revolution by Ken Knabb: www.bopsecrets.org/PS/joyrev.htm
Excerpt: "Political correctness, or equal opportunity alienation"
"Above all, the system thrives when it can deflect social contestation into squabbles over privileged positions within it."

nRecorded lectures on consensus decision-making:
www.radio4all.net/proginfo

n"Chasing Rainbows? Utopian Pragmatics and the Search for Anarchist Communities" by Randall Amster
oocities.com/collectivebook/rainbows.html

n"Grassroots Rot: How Citizens' Groups Destroy Themselves" by Charles Dobson
www.vcn.bc.ca/citizens-handbook

nFrom: (Dis)connection:"Tanya's Thoughts on Collectives" by Tanya
messmedia.rootmedia.org/disconnection

n"A Critique of Consensus Process" by Zoe Mitchell
dc.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=42130&group=webcast
Response by Mediageek:
www.mediageek.org/archives/001962.html

n"Race, Anarchy and Punk Rock" by Otto Nomous
passionbomb.com/words

n"Activists and 'Difficult People'" by Brian Martin
www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/bmartin

n"Challenging the Corruptions of Information Power"
by Brian Martin
www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/bmartin

n"On Organization"
by Tom Wetzel
www.workersolidarity.org/organization.htm

n"Listen Anarchist!"
by Chaz Bufe
www.seesharppress.com/listen.html
ninfighting the good fight:
"Why We’re Right and You’re Wrong: Towards a Non-D(en)ominational Revolution"
www.crimethinc.com/library

n"Blocking Progress: Consensus Decision Making in the Anti-Nuclear Movement"
By Howard Ryan
www.howardryan.net/blocking.htm

n"Communes, Collectives and Claptrap" by Graham Purchase
www.spunk.org/library

n"No More Advocacy: Towards a More Inclusive Process of Liberation" by Ben Michaelis
www.torchmagazine.com/winter2002

n"A source to explore the notion of a civil society."
"Democracy can exist only if each of us is doing our part every moment in building a democratic community."
www.21stcenturyagora.org/Communities

n"Democracy and Diversity in Feminist Organizations: Learning from Three Decades of Practice"
II. Internal Critique of Structureless Democracy and Sisterly Virtue
www.cpn.org

n"Can Collectives Be Sustainable?" by Maryann Abbs
(PDF), (Plain Text)
Excerpt: "Collective Process: Is It Sustainable?"

n"Values and Conflicts of Values in the Pragmatist Tradition" by H.G. Callaway
members.door.net/arisbe/menu/library

n"The Pedagogy of The Interhuman" by Alexander M. Sidorkin
www.ed.uiuc.edu

n"Thinking Critically about Authority"
Resources for Independent Thinking: http://www.rit.org

n"CULTURAL ISSUES IN MEDIATION: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO INDIVIDUALIST AND COLLECTIVIST PARADIGMS"
by Walter A. Wright
www.acresolution.org

nBridging Cultures in Our Schools: New Approaches That Work
"Contrasts Between Individualism and Collectivism"
web.wested.org/online_pubs

nDefinitions of due process:
1. DUE PROCESS OF LAW by Barnabas D. Johnson
"The phrase 'due process of law' originated in a 1355 restatement of the 1215 Magna Carta, by which for the first time in history (apparently) the government -- in this case, King John -- was brought 'under the law'."
www.jurlandia.am/dueprocess
2.
"If any question of fact or liability be conclusively presumed against him, this is not due process of law." www.kobres.com/docs/duproc0
3. www.usconstitution.net
problems encountered by collectives
n"Demise of the Beehive Collective: Infoshops Ain't the Revolution" by Brad Sigal
www.infoshop.org/texts

nFrom the New SPACE Pluralism Page:
1. "NY left institution purges Capital teacher"
http://www.new-space.mahost.org/pluralism.html
2. "Doing pluralism" by Alan Freeman
http://www.new-space.mahost.org/freeman.html

nANARCHO-SCENEISM: What it is, and how to fight it
www.kazm.net/raan/sceneism.html

nFrom: (Dis)connection:"Montreal Complaints Department" by DPSMD messmedia.rootmedia.org/disconnection
n"Aims and Objectives of the Anarchist Movement: Comparison With Similar Organisations"
www.anarres.org.au/essays

n"Librairie Alternative Bookstore"
by Anonymous
messmedia.rootmedia.org/disconnection

nEpicenter Zone San Francisco (punk rock store)
www.angelfire.com/punk2
basic texts
nSpunk Library Catalog:
Consensus Decision Making
Includes: A MANUAL FOR GROUP FACILITATORS
(Preface and Chapter One)
www.spunk.org/cat-us

nFood Not Bombs Guide To Formal Consensus
www.consensus.net

nSan Francisco Food Not Bombs: A Food Not Bombs Operator's Manual
www.ebfnb.org/fnbopsmanual

nAnarchism in Action: Methods, Tactics, Skills, and Ideas
www.radio4all.org/aia

n"Peace News explores some of the pros, cons and practicalities of consensus decision-making"
www.fraw.org.uk

nConsensus, A Mini-Guide, by Mark Shep www.markshep.com

n"Nonviolent Action Handbook"
by Sanderson Beck
www.san.beck.org

n"Papers on Non-Violent Action and Cooperative Decision-Making" by Randy Schutt
www.vernalproject.org/RPapers.shtml
Selected papers for those unable to open PDF files.

nActivist's Toolkit nero.apl.washington.edu/activist/toolkit

nThe World Revolution Activism Resources www.worldrevolution.org

nTHE CONSENSUS BUILDING HANDBOOK
"A Comprehensive Guide to Reaching Agreement"
(Contents and Introduction)
www.cbi-web.org/content
A Short Guide to Consensus Building
(PDF), (HTML)

nRant Trainers Collective
www.rantcollective.org

nDemocracy In The Raw: Consensus Process For Facilitated Meetings
minneapolis.indymedia.org

n"Suppression of Dissent: Documents and contacts"
edited by Brian Martin
http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/bmartin/dissent

nACT-UP -- Disobedience Training -- Consensus Decision Making -- www.actupny.org/documents -- Affinity Groups & Support -- www.actupny.org/documents

nQuaker consensus process www.gla.ac.uk/~gkea04/business

nThe Co-Intelligence Institute
co-intelligence.org
"We offer a new vision of democracy and politics. We collect and share collaborative methods. We collect stories of collaboration and wholeness."
This site has over 600 pages, including:

1. Approaches & Processes
2. "Fishbowl Technique for Adversarial Meetings," by Tom Atlee
3. "Praise for the accused one in the centre," from the Babemba tribe of South Africa
4. Innovations in Democracy
"toward wiser democracies that work for all"

nTaking Children Seriously(TCS)
"An advanced and thoroughly anarchist approach to group process." www.tcs.ac
Articles: www.tcs.ac/Articles

nNon-Violent Communication
www.cnvc.org

nKill Radio: killradio.org
"Consensus Decision Making"
plain text version.

nJustaBunchoKids: A Punk Collective
www.nucleus.com

n"radical & anarchist links: collectives, consensus, etc."
Left Bank Books Collective
www.leftbankbooks.com/~matthew/linkpages/links-coco.html

n"Resources for meeting and group process"
Northwest Intentional Communities Association
www.ic.org/nica/Process/meeting.html

nWikipedia: Consensus Decision Making
www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consensus

nFellowship for Intentional Community: Community Bookshelf (book ordering)
store.ic.org/community-bookshelf

n"La Gestione Nonviolenta dei Conflitti" (in Italian: "Nonviolent Conflict Management")
www.autistici.org
Consensus Index:
www.autistici.org/azione/consenso
recommended books
nBuilding United Judgment: A Handbook for Consensus Decision Making, by The Center for Conflict Resolution, available from the Fellowship for Intentional Community at consensusbooks.ic.org
or 1 800 995 8342
nOn Conflict and Consensus: a Handbook on Formal Consensus Decision Making, by C.T. Butler and Amy Rothstein, available from Food Not Bombs Publishing at www.consensus.net
or 1 800 569 4054
more
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