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Making Decisions Through Collaborative Problem Solving

  • Jul 22, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Privated House

This is a repeat of the successful session we held in May. 

The first time we held it at 10.00am and there have been requests to hold another at an evening time - so this is it!

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.

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  • terence f.

    Great learning experience with friendly confederates and guides - thanks Dan

    July 23, 2014

  • rachels42

    Hi I'm on my way but will be a few minutes late. Sorry about that

    July 22, 2014

  • Zorro

    Unfortunately I'm now not going to be back in good enough time to come to this.

    July 21, 2014

  • Eddie

    hello, in response to the email that Dan Scrimgeour has just sent I would like propose a topic ; alternatives to the current system of money. - currently being highlighted by James Corbett's film century of enslavement...
    best wishes

    July 16, 2014

    • Dan S.

      Thanks Eddie, much appreciated - one of only two suggestions! I think we'll have to decide through a vote before starting tomorrow, or perhaps we could do both.

      July 21, 2014

  • Grant

    Hi All,

    There are so many fantastic ideas in the humanitarian community to help the world but many lack sufficient numbers and support to succeed. People focus on the area that relates to their own ‘psychology’ which splits support across 'lots of groups'.

    But what if the humanitarian community simply adopted a 'unified approach' to address the world's problems - allowing EVERYONE to succeed?

    The human body is a good example of a unified system with all parts working together towards the good of the whole. If this makes sense to you, then consider coming along to this conference.

    These are questions that many of us feel need to be genuinely and objectively addressed and Dan's model could indeed provide an objective way forward for mutual consensus between many groups. Let's hope so! Looking forward to it.

    1 · July 17, 2014

    • Dan S.

      Thanks Grant, very much look forward to meeting you tomorrow.

      July 21, 2014

  • Andy P.

    I look forward to attending this. I'm a facilitator and interested in novel approaches that elicit collective intelligence. I facilitate a method called Dynamic Facilitation. See you on 22nd!

    July 9, 2014

    • Pamela M.

      Dan, and Andy. As I now know I have an early start the next morning and the location isn't easy for me, and as you have more names than spaces I have decided to drop out. Very sorry to miss this. Still hoping for another chance. And Andy - sorry to miss catching up with you. Hope our paths recross before too long.

      July 19, 2014

    • Dan S.

      Hi Pamela, sorry to hear - I'm intending on running further development workshops in the weeks ahead, so perhaps there'll be another opportunity soon.

      July 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I find I will now be in Edinburgh for two nights next week and unfortunately can't attend so may space can be given to someone else

    July 19, 2014

    • Dan S.

      Sorry to hear Steve, another time perhaps.

      July 21, 2014

  • terence f.

    where please???

    July 21, 2014

    • Dan S.

      I've just sent you an email Terence, look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

      July 21, 2014

  • Dan S.

    Hi all, I'm looking forward to sharing my META 'dialogue game' for collaborative problem-solving with you next week.

    I'm intending to run it as a fully participatory workshop so that everyone attending has the chance to experience first-hand how META works. With this in mind, one of the prerequisites of META is a common aim or interest in the topic to be discussed - so, with a view to saving time on the night I'm hoping that we can come to an agreement over some potential topics before we meet. We will then have more time to use META to forge possible solutions on an agreed topic.

    Please could you post any suggested topics that you'd be interested in discussing here. I'd suggest making it as general as possible - for example the environment, healthcare, education, democracy etc.

    As I'll be hosting this at my flat, realistically there will only be enough space for around 15 people, so I'd also appreciate it if you could reconfirm your attendance by letting me know directly.


    July 16, 2014

  • Jessie H.

    I would have loved to go and learn about this process.How and when can I do it?

    July 10, 2014

    • Dan S.

      Hi Jessie, if you can't make the workshop this coming Tuesday I'm intending on running further sessions in the near future - please feel free to send me an email if you're interested in participating.

      July 16, 2014

  • Phil S.

    Would love to be there but will be otherwise engaged that evening...

    July 9, 2014

    • Dan S.

      Hi Phil, sorry to hear - have really been making progress of late, hopefully we can catch up soon. Would be great to hear more about gooisoft too with regards collaborative potentials.

      1 · July 16, 2014

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