When making decisions, we operate on one of the following four levels. Consider which level of decision-making should be used for which case.
Mandate: I’ll decide myself and then inform others
Advice: I’ll listen to input, then I’ll decide
the person who works most on an issue asks advice (comments) from others. Others make suggestions. The person then reviews the comments and herself/himself finalises the issue, informed by others’ input, deciding and making last decisions ownself. As this person is taking responsibility for decision, s/he is also responsible for consequences. // A variation - is to ask advice specifically from a) people who are experts on the issue b) people who will be directly affected by the decision
Consent: I’ll proceed if nobody objects
discuss till no one has big objections (like if we do this, we would die) Is this proposal good enough? Does anyone have any major objections?
Consensus: I’ll proceed if everyone agrees
enthusiastic agreement of as many as possible.
Most often we use Consent (nobody objects), which is one of the big differentiators of Horizontal Organizations - and what makes things go fwd much faster. While Mandate makes own-decision making. Here is a video explaining about the more elaborate process of decision-making:
For example, Adding people to board - should come through enthusiastic Consensus. Work on Principles - perhaps with Consent. But e.g. detailed marketing, working on the page graphics etc - with Mandate.
Another thing to consider when making decisions - is who should be involved in the decision-making. Does the issue at hand influence only your working group? - Then use your working group's meetings and Slack channel to decide. More than your working group? The whole D4CR community? Then use #wg-all Slack channel for discussion and voting (you can e.g. share Google Docs and get Slack voting with thumbs up/down or 1-2-3 option voting)