Until the Independent Vaisnava Council formulates its basic policies of executive and general membership, we cannot know how large the group will be. And, until we know how many members must be accomodated, it is perhaps premature to choose a system of governance. We are presenting here some general information about two fundamental processes of governance: parlimentary (majority rule), and consensus. We encourage the Council's core members to consider the possibilities of each system, and to begin discussing how the needs of the group can be met.

The Council may decide that the appropriate system of governance is one that combines the best features of both systems. For example, the IVC's constitution might state that the consensus process will be utilized to the greatest degree possible. And, should Council members reach a serious impasse, the chairman or facilitator might be empowered to move the Council to parlimentary process until the vote is resolved.

Following is a brief description of the two forms of governance, with links to detailed information.


To Majority Rule


A community of sixty can usually come up with a dozen different points of view. The resulting consensual "soup", composed of multiple ingredients, is usually far more creative than a two ingredient dish could ever be. A real community is, by definition, immune to mob psychology because of its encouragement of individuality, its inclusion of a variety of points of view...its insistence on personalism. With so many frames of reference, it more closely approaches reality. Realistic decisons, consequently, are more often gauranteed in consensual community than in any other human environment.

To Consensus

The above links will lead you to detailed information on parliamentary and consensus rule.

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