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Making Decisions Through Collaborative Problem Solving

In this session we are going to look at collaborative problem solving as a way of coming to solutions to areas of common interest.

In GlobalNet21 we have a large number of people with often very different views who are concerned to tackle some of the major issues that we face in this century.

The traditional models of debate and discussion although important are not always appropriate for every occasion and we need to look at different models of engagement when people with widely differing views meet together.

So this meetup will introduce a collaborative dialogue game developed by one member of Globalnet21 designed to create consensus and to involve everyone on an equal basis.

The METTA process is a novel way to collectively come up with solutions in any area of common interest. It does so in a fair and constructive manner by allowing everyone an equal say through orienting discussion towards consensus solutions, whilst providing a structure through which to resolve differences.

The basic METTA process is designed for three participants, although many processes can be run simultaneously in a workshop environment and in scaling it up it is a tool intended to allow for truly democratic decision-making.

This session will be facilitated by Dan Scrimgeour who has been developing processes whereby dialogue can take place in a collaborative environment.

If you are interested in new approaches to consensus decision-making and democratic social organisation, then please feel free to come along and experiment with this approach.

This first meeting is being held in a morning session but if successful we will try to repeat it in an evening session later.

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  • terence f.

    Interesting approach to create a structured method of discussion and evaluation in various dimensions with a learning process to discuss points briefly.

    1 · May 28, 2014

    • terence f.

      I wonder if this is an example of Gamification? You may wish to participate in David Gurteen's Knowledge Cafe at the Univeristy of Westminster at 6pm on 4th June (it is free). You can mention my name.

      May 28, 2014

    • terence f.

      If you want to go to David Gurteen's event please book on his Web site.

      May 28, 2014

  • Paul T.

    Would love to find out about how this worked, any chance of a summary or link to relevant info?

    May 28, 2014

  • Francois K.

    My apologies, I couldn't find a location, so had assumed it was online/teleconference. Sorry I can't make it to this location, so I'm withdrawing. Pity, I was keen to hear about an alternative to consent-based decision-making. Maybe another time. Sorry.

    May 27, 2014

  • Anja B.

    Is this really going to be at 10 in the morning?

    April 30, 2014

    • Dan S.

      Hi Anja, yes it is - hope you can make it nonetheless!

      May 1, 2014

    • David N.

      I will be a little late. First cheap train from Oxford to Paddington gets there at 10 a.m.

      May 27, 2014

  • Avnish

    Hello, I have altered my reservation so some else can, unable to come but will there be any posts on this topic.

    May 27, 2014

  • Pamela M.

    I see there is a wait list. I will change my RSVP and give my place to Lu.

    May 26, 2014

  • Pamela M.

    How soon will we know the location? It may impact on ability to attend.

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • David N.

    Ever tried a preferendum meeting? A meeting and voting process designed to find consensus between groups who hate each. Peter Emerson developed it in Northern Ireland, and explains it at

    May 23, 2014

  • Nazmus Saquib C.

    Is the meeting going to be online?

    May 12, 2014

    • Dan S.

      Hi Nazmus, this meeting is going to be offline in the vicinity of Euston - hope you can make it!

      May 20, 2014

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