We are staying in an illegal squat,
There are 3 days of protest left,
The police have given us 24 hours to leave,
Then they will come to get us out,
At the moment the police are not stoping people from going in or out,
What do we do?
From that scenario "Seeds for Change" led a role-play workshop on resolving such problems in large groups by consensus using spokescouncils. With the walls covered in charts about consensus principles, prerequisites and shared assumptions, among many other charts, the people divided in groups, and nominated “spokes” to come together and present their views before reporting back to their groups, and repeating the process.
So did we go or did we resist the police?
In this short one and a half hour introduction to consensus we didn't resolve the conflicting opinions and ideals, but we did learn about the tools and preparations useful in making these and more mundane decisions by consensus in large groups.
For more information on Seeds for Change see: http://www.seedsforchange.org.uk/