The Consensus Organizing Model has its base in the asset-oriented approach to community organizing. The positive attributes, whether physical or otherwise, are considered leverage for building relationships among the community, local government, and private sector. The Consensus Organizing Model establishes that these relationships must grow out of a shared desire to identify and achieve changes that suit a common interest. Comprehension of and sensitivity to the unique self-interests of each party provide a solid base from which a creative partnership may be formed. Communities or organizations formerly at odds or unacquainted with each other can thrive on a new collaboration that appreciates and serves their mutual self-interests. According to the Consensus Organizing Model, such respectful and productive relationships will be maintained for the purpose of future collaboration.