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crazygringo · 2019-10-04 · Original thread
I'll be brutal here: Robert's Rules of Order are a severely outdated method that creates divisiveness and polarization through majoritarian voting -- the same types of problems we see in politics today. It made sense as a big improvement in the 1800's -- it doesn't in 2019. Key quote:

"Its arcane rituals of parliamentary procedure and majority rule usually produce a victorious majority and a very dissatisfied minority that expects to raise its concerns, again, at the next possible meeting."

Anyone considering Robert's Rules should read this first: "Breaking Robert's Rules: The New Way to Run Your Meeting, Build Consensus, and Get Results" [1] by Lawrence Susskind -- an MIT and Harvard professor. [2]

That book is a "popular" condensed version of the ideas behind practical consensus-building. If you want to implement it in your organization, see his full-length "The Consensus Building Handbook". [3] It's textbook-priced unfortunately (for organizations to purchase, not curious individuals), but many academic institutions will have direct access to it online. [4]

[1] https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0195308360

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Susskind

[3] https://www.amazon.com/Consensus-Building-Handbook-Comprehen...

[4] http://sk.sagepub.com/reference/the-consensus-building-handb...

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