Generating a sense of common purpose and agreeing the way forward is often desired in
organisations but not always achieved. The reasons are many: local concerns may conflict with the
aims of the organisation, personalities may clash, individuals may be too averse to taking risks, plans
that are best for each unit in the organisation may not be collectively best.
Whatever the reason, there may be a place for an improved approach to decision making, so people
can arrive at a shared understanding of the issues, develop a sense of common purpose and achieve
commitment to action. Those are the purposes of Decision Conferencing, which is discussed in this short paper.