Consensus Based Planning and Stakeholder Involvement

The old adage that "Two Heads Are Better Than One" applies to policy development and implementation. In particular, the use of Expert Work Groups enables group decisions that are more productive on a per capita basis than individual decisions. The use of Expert Work Groups is common as a tool for advancing innovation, technology and product development, strategic plans, security plans, conflict resolution, and community based decisions.

Comprehensive Action Plans for climate related issues are context specific and, not surprisingly, work best when stakeholders and agencies are able to collaborate through consensus-building procedures to produce a plan that fits their needs and priorities. In addition, governments and stakeholders prefer to enact change through processes of self-determination that address self-interests, rather than through inflexible mandates. 

As a result, CCS works with government agencies to understand decision making needs and options, and to form collaboration mechanisms based on proven techniques that capitalize on shared goals and smart options. Typically, this is done through a formal advisory group process under high level government leadership (such as a Governor's Executive Order) with industry, non-governmental organizations, and public representatives working together to make recommendations. CCS provides process design support, as well as facilitation and technical assistance to advisory and technical working groups to produce efficient and equitable end results. 

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