'Consensus is different from other kinds of decision making because it stresses cooperative development of a decision with group members working together rather than competing against each other. The goal of consensus is a decision that is consented to by all group members. Of course, full consent does not mean that everyone must be completely satisfied with the final outcome, in fact total satisfaction is rare. The decision must be acceptable enough, however, that all will agree to support the group in choosing it.' This document discusses the nature and advantages of consensus decision-making, highlighting the attitudes that help/hinder the process. Tips for facilitating difficult discussions are also provided.