> Please respond to the question below: > > Can you describe a time --either in your Wikimedia work or elsewhere-- in > which you were able to help people with strongly-different views reach a > successful outcome on an important issue, via a consensus-seeking process? > (Abbas) > > Answer by David Mugo: I have had a few of those throughout my career but one that clearly seems relevant to this the most is a situation where two of my friends who co-owned a company had to close down the business and go separate ways and they had to split running business accounts and they fought over one huge account. Each one of them wanted to keep that account and I came in to try and assist resolve the matter because it was threatening to even end their friendship. My solution was simple, they moved all other accounts to individual businesses but kept the old company for the sake of that one account, which meant they remained partners on that one business. Eventually, after about a year, they were both back to the partnership, they both closed the other businesses to continue with the partnership, it made them realize that they needed each other and their disagreement was just a selfish moment for each. Today it is one of the most promising IT companies in Nairobi.
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