Forum Post: This structure is designed to just reinforce group think, this is not democracy (direct or otherwise)
Posted 6 years ago on March 21, 2012, 1:01 p.m. EST by francismjenkins
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I'm sorry, but the whole raise both hands and wiggle your fingers if you agree, limp both wrists and wiggle your fingers if you disagree, raise your fist if you strongly oppose, and so on, seems like it would promote group think. People will naturally look around, take cues from others, and so I'm not sure how this is described as "consensus building"?
What about raise a proposal, allow a transparent but anonymous vote, and immediately read the results of the vote (so people will not be intimidated by group think).
It would be interesting to see a psychological study on this group dynamic, but the theoretical underpinning of this idea seems flawed.