Back in the fall while on a group hike in the mountains near Asheville, Tracy met Mountain Xpress staff writer, Virginia Daffron.  Virginia covers City Council meetings as part of her work as a local journalist in Asheville.  She declared that she had not realized the challenges City Council council members face with attempting to integrate so many different perspectives in their policy decisions.

Beyond Stalemate: New decision-making models foster better solutions One of Mountain Xpress’s Best Ideas of 2016

Tracy observed that since the council uses majority voting, the results of council decisions often result in more polarization.   Tracy began telling Virginia about the need for new collaborative decision-making processes that can handle the complexities that exist in the 21st Century, work with instead of against our fundamental inter-dependence and move us away from a culture of winners and losers.  She excitedly told Virginia about not only Circle  Forward, but the many other methods, tools being learned and used in Asheville.

So Virginia decided to write an article about these new decision-making models and systems that are available to communities and organizations for the Best Ideas edition of the Mountain Xpress.  Besides Circle Forward, the article features a number of other collaborative methods and practitioners in the area.  Thanks for a great article, Virginia!

Read the article here