Reflection: Alignment versus Agreement


Alignment is congruence of intention, whereas agreement is congruence of opinion. Alignment does not require agreement as a necessary condition. In an alignment-based or ganization or movement, disagreement among participants does not diminish but rather enhances the power of the alignment and its synergetic impact. Plurality and diversity of ideas and views, united in a shared intention, mutually enrich one another toward the achievement of an end. In an agreement-based organization or movement, on the other hand, disagreement among participants often leads to internal strife, divisive politics, splitting into cliques, or eventual demise. People who differ in their opinions can align in their intentions.