What is Systemic Consensus Building and how can you implement it online?

With the HeyForm online form builder, you can easily perform systemic consensus-building as well as other voting and evaluation processes. Systemic consensus is a consensus-oriented method for decision-making. In other words, Systemic Consensus is a special form of voting that is used to make decisions in a group and to find solutions that are supported by as many participants as possible. In contrast to classic majority decisions, Systemic Consensus is about finding the solution that meets with the least resistance in the group. In other words, when evaluating the proposals, the participants are explicitly asked how much resistance they have to the respective solution proposals.

The solution proposals collected in advance are evaluated on a scale from 0 to 10. Zero points stand for “no resistance” or “I can support this solution without hesitation. The highest score to be awarded is 10 and means “strong resistance/maximum rejection” or “I emphatically reject this proposal”. The proposal that scores the least points in the subsequent evaluation, i.e., that has received the fewest resistance points from the participants, then wins the race.

A simple example of systemic consensus building: The next team event is to be planned, the team wants to make a joint consensus-based decision, and a number of proposals are on the table. Each team member can now rate the individual proposals with 0 – 10 resistance points. The proposal that has received the least resistance points overall after the evaluation is completed is awarded the contract. In the event that two proposals meet with equal resistance, they could be re-evaluated by the team in the 2nd round of questioning.

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