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Voting: more than Yea or Nay

It can be daunting for a first-timer. When a facilitator calls for consensus, members hold up cards to signify their positions on an issue. (1) Green means the holder agrees with the decision; (2) blue means he or she is neutral; (3) yellow, is unsure or unclear; orange, has serious reservations but will not block consensus; and (4) red, will block consensus. The group recently added a (5) white card to signify "I'm not up to speed on this issue because I didn't do my homework."

The revealing voting of co-housing in Brooklyn.

A Village Down the Block
Published: November 30, 2008
At a "cohousing" project planned for Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the residents will share all decisions and some meals.


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