Distributed Consensus Protocols
"Distributed consensus protocols are the technical level for coming to agreements among independent agents. But the human agreements are not conducted on the technical level, they are conducted by a higher-level protocol.
We call the human level protocol Conversation for Action (CfA). The name and the protocol come from the Cybsersyn project in the late Allende era of Chile; however, it is also used in related forms in almost every type of economic exchange over a network. Another name is Offer-Acceptance, which predates electronic exchange.
CfA’s are well-formulated between two agents, but not among more than two agents." (email July 2015)