3 advantages of consent-based decision making by Doug Belshaw.
The 3 advantages being:
- Consent balances groups and individuals.
- Consent allows for forward motion.
- Consent is safe
If we ask for unanimous decisions, we ask “do you agree?”, this question tends to focus people on their personal preferences. In consent, we ask “do you object?” and this question includes both the range of tolerance and the personal preference.
We don’t see consent as a watered-down version of consensus. In our experience, consent shifts the energy towards doing, instead of convincing others of our own viewpoint. To focus on the range of tolerance instead of personal preferences means to acknowledge that people’s experiences and perspectives are different and might remain different. With consent, we can still operate together, guided by a shared aim.
— Ted J. Rau & Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, Many Voices, One Song, p.138
The ‘range of tolerance’ is something which the authors explain as the difference between someone having a personal preference versus them objecting to something.