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[rpd] Gauging concensus for PDWG meetings

sm+afrinic at sm+afrinic at
Thu Dec 3 10:27:48 UTC 2015

At 01:00 03-12-2015, Mwendwa Kivuva wrote:
>There was an interesting debate yesterday at the floor of the Policy 
>discussion meeting on how the co-chairs should phrase questions when 
>gauging consensus for policies. There were those who felt that the 
>co-chairs did not ask the right questions which would help the 
>policy author determine the actions needed to take the policy forward.
>Is there a standard way to phrase consensus questions or are the 
>co-chairs required to use their experience and discretion?

There isn't a standard way to phrase questions.  It is useful if the 
co-chairs have some experience in phasing the questions in order to 
determine consensus on a proposal.  It is also useful if the person 
writing a proposal has some experience in how to move the proposal forward.

There are unfortunately some occasions where a co-chair did not ask 
the questions correctly or made the determination look like a vote.

S. Moonesamy 

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