Reading Time: 2minutes Coloured Cards Voting is a simple version of the group decision Five-to-Fold facilitation for decision-making. A group has to decide in a very short time on a proposal and possible alternatives to solve the issue.
Description of Coloured Cards Voting
Coloured Cards Voting is a voting format to agree upon alternatives after they are discussed extensively. To create the alternative proposals for group decisions, there are other formats.
Coloured Cards Voting is a variant of Five Finger Voting which is a simple version of the group decision Five-to-Fold facilitation for decision-making. A group has to decide in a very short time on a proposal and possible alternatives to solve the issue.
The participants had debated extensively the proposal and it's alternatives in a discussion up-front. Now, it is time to decide. — You can vote with Five Fingers or with Coulored Cards.
When a group is asked to take a decision, the members try to find a common level of agreement by either democratic voting or consensus-based decision-making. In case of consensus-based decisioning seldom all people agree equally to the decision found. Instead, they commit themselves to a level of personal agreement.
Rules of Coloured Cards Voting
One out of the group
Explains the issue shortly.
Offers the solution.
Fields questions — only short answers — no discussion.
Asks the group for card voting:
Black — Block: You want to block the proposal because you believe it’s damaging.
Red — Abstain: You have important reservations but will support the initiative.
Yellow — Stand Aside: You’re on board.
Blue — Consent with Reservations: You give strong support and active participation, but you’re not willing to lead the initiative.
Green — Full Agreement: You’re all-in and prepared to own the project. You’ll take the lead if asked.
Folding is not a failure — its part of the process,
Forced consensus drives dissent underground.
Real consensus is never achieved by sacrificing your values or strongly held beliefs.
In case of dissent (i.e. three fingers and less) go back to Five-to-Fold facilitation: