How do you make decisions?
Our organization does not have elected leaders. Instead, we follow a democratic process based on equal and direct participation in the development, proposal, and agreement of our actions and petitions. We operate on modified consensus. This means that we do not engage in simple voting, which would favor a majority of just 51%. Instead, we seek agreement of at least 90%, and we follow a process that ensures that concerns are heard and may result in amendments of proposals. Any person can communicate a block, which is a moral objection so strongly held that it would cause them to leave the group. We always attempt to eliminate blocks by discussion and problem-solving, rather than compromise. We operate processes designed to ensure that people who have spoken little are not squeezed to the back of the line by people who speak a lot. This is why we are proud to claim “This is what democracy looks like!”