Two of the biggest contributors towards maintaining cooperation and compromise within the community are the consensus model and non-violent communication. Unlike simple majority-rule, the consensus model prevents the minority in our community from being discounted. With the consensus model in place, no decision in the co-op is made without everyone agreeing to it. While consensus does take more time than majority-rule, and requires that no “blocking” action is taken by the minority, a result satisfactory to all can usually be achieved. Non-violent communication is extremely beneficial to our co-op because it encourages people to talk about problems within the community and discourages harmful confrontation.
The cooperative lifestyle is a living and developing idea.
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