The principle of consent in sociocracy is derived from Quaker practices. The Quaker-based decision-making has a simple structure which allows for individual voices to be heard while moving the group towards unity (not unanimity). Key components are:
- The belief in a common humanity and the ability to decide together.
- Ensuring group members speak only once until others are heard.
- Dissenters’ perspectives are welcomed.
- The facilitator serves the group rather than acting as person-in-charge.
- The facilitator articulates the sense of the discussion.
- The facilitator discerns who is acting in selfish interest without concern for the group.
- Ideas and solutions belong to the group.
- Decisions belong to the group.