How Consensual Debating Works

If you have already registered or logged on CONSENSUS AI, then you will have access to all pages and can participate in voting. Otherwise, you will need to register first. Here is further information about how to participate in Consensual Debating.

  1. If you just want to try Consensual Debating then you will find the introduction to the project under London’s ULEZ Case Study tab.
  2. If you are one of the participants in a real Consensual Debating project arranged by your organization then the introduction to the project will be under one of the a locked PROJECTs.  The data will only be visible to the participants of your organization.
  3. The structure and the principles of the website operations are the same for any of the PROJECTs as for the Case Study.
  4. When an organization requests conducting Consensual Debating, then one of the available PROJECT’s tabs will be dedicated to this organization and all data will only be visible to the participants of that organization. The ULEZ case study project’s tabs will remain where they are.
  5. The Menu on the left sidebar contains all the information gathered for this project, mainly coming from London Assembly. For a new Project a new (hidden) Menu will be created.
  6. The right sidebar contains key objectives of the ULEZ project. Each objective is preceded by the ULEZ and similarly any real project objectives’ will be identified by the project identifier.
  7. The First objective (0) contains just one initial statement. In this case ‘I support the extension of the Low Emission Zone to Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London’. This same is the case for any real project. The intention is to create a baseline for the voting showing how the participants voted without any prior knowledge about the objectives and all arguments and counterarguments of the proposed motion. That’s why on a real project, the participants will not be having access to any documentation gathered by AI Assistant before that first vote.
  8. The next objectives are numbered from 1-5 (there should be no more than 5-7 objectives for a project). Each of them contains 10 ‘seed statements’, i.e prepared in advanced by the AI Assistant. You can add your own objectives during voting.
  9. After each voting there is a break and a deliberation, where the participants are shown the overall results and any additional statements, which have been introduced by the participants for a given objective. If the first round voting does not create 60% majority for at least one statement, then there are subsequent voting rounds, until such a majority has been achieved.
  10. Once all objectives have at least one statement, on which there is a 60% majority, then voting is closed.
  11. After the final deliberation there is one more voting. This is the voting on the overall motion (proposal), which is marked F. It contains the same statement as the 0 objective: ‘I support the extension of the Low Emission Zone to Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London’.
  12. The results of the voting for particular objectives and the final voting are summarized in a Report.