Collaborative decision making

I have worked with Janet at state, national and international levels, on global issues, social justice, women’s issues, and group processes.

She has immense skills in negotiation and mediation, and is able to bring groups together who have widely differing views to make lasting decisions that the whole group supports.

Miriam Solomon

Co-Secretary, Asia Pacific Greens Network

Collaborative decision making processes can be fraught because they can involve strong differences of opinion and be highly emotional. Janet has the skills to deal with the emotion – not to pretend it doesn’t exist, but to acknowledge it, work with it and steer the group to a harmonious outcome. The time spent making decisions which everyone in a group can live with is an investment in keeping the group together and enabling them to fulfill their goals.

Australian Greens 1992-current

Janet has facilitated consensus decision making processes at local, state and national levels of The Greens since 1992. The Greens are unique as a political party with their commitment to consensus decision making. Successful facilitation of often highly contentious issues has underpinned the party’s success and been a critical factor in its cohesion.

Some training materials that Janet has prepared as part of this work are

 Why work collaboratively?

What do facilitators do?; and

Facilitating Consensus Decisions

Working collaboratively in political environments

Janet prepared and presented two papers for conferences of the Australasian Facilitators Network in 2004 and 2006. These papers draw on her experience of being a local Government Councillor attempting to work collaboratively in a highly politicised and adversarial environment.

These papers are

Challenging egos and the adversarial paradigm (AFN Conference 2004) and

The political facilitator (AFN Conference 2006)