Decisions in GRASS are made by consensus. The term group conscience refers to both the process and the meeting itself.
As a process, group conscience is consensus-based decision-making. It involves listening to one another and coming to a general agreement. The process depends on hearing different voices, respecting other opinions, and working together to decide how the group operates.
A Group Conscience meeting is the group’s monthly business meeting. Each group should designate a standard time to hold a monthly Group Conscience meeting.
Group Conscience meetings should be held either before or after the regularly scheduled meeting on a certain day each month (for example, the third Tuesday of each month), but not during regular meeting time.
Any group business should be handled during the Group Conscience meeting. This includes:
Each group can decide who chairs their monthly Group Conscience meeting. It can be a Group Secretary, Group IG Rep, or another designated member of the group.
Group Conscience meetings should work toward solutions. All participants should uphold the GRASS Code of Ethics. Discussions should be centered around principles and not individual personalities. (If there are issues with individuals, those should be handled privately.)
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