Levels of Consensus Tool: How do you Know when You've Reached a Consensus?
To measure consensus, ask for a show of hands. Participants hold up their hands, with fingers extended to demonstrate their level of support for the decision to be made.
|Fingers||Level of Consensus|
|5||I strongly support this decision|
|4||I support this decision|
|3||The decision is OK|
|2||I am uncomfortable with this decision, but I can live with it|
|1||I dislike this decision, but defer to the wisdom of the group and promise not to sabotage it|
|0 / fist||I veto this decision. We definitely need to discuss the matter further|
A proposal is accepted if greater than 75 percent of the potential votes (i.e., fingers) are cast, and if there are no fists held up.
- 14 people have 70 total votes (fingers)
- 75 percent of this is 53 votes (fingers)
- 53 fingers and no fists are needed to accept this proposal
Adapted From: Lessons from the Field: Real Strategies for Engaging and Informing the Public (8/2/2000)