Shuvonda Harper works out of the Edington Center on Livingston Street. Harper uses new facilitation techniques to  encourage inclusive self-governance in the Residents Council of the Asheville Housing Authority. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Beyond stalemate: New decision-making models foster better solutions

Can new ways of structuring the rules that govern how organizations gather information and make decisions help our community move beyond entrenched positions and polarizing rhetoric? Some local consultants say yes, and point to local organizations that are already using new tools to increase participation in developing and implementing solutions to challenging issues.