Unit 2: Structure of the SDDP

  • The participants are invited to answer a Triggering Question, formulated by the KMT, at a round-table session.
  • All responses to the triggering question (one idea in one sentence) are recorded using specialized software, printed and posted (or projected) on the wall. (You can download it here)
  • The authors of the proposals formulate and analyse their ideas for better understanding and to avoid overlaying.
  • The ideas are clustered (bottom-up) into categories based on coinciding qualities to discover the dimensions.

(Council of Europe, n.d)

  • All participants get five votes and are asked to choose five most important ideas for them. Only the ideas that received votes go to the next and most important phase.
  • Participants are asked to explore influences of one idea on another. If the answer is ‘yes’ (great majority applied) an influence is recorded in the special software, which minimises the number of queries by using a mathematical algorithm known as Interpretive Structural Modeling.
  • The relations documented result in the production of an ‘influence tree’ (‘Wall of Obstacles,’ ‘Vision Map’ or ‘Action Map’). The ‘influence tree’ is presented to the participants and it is subject to discussion.

(Council of Europe, n.d)

Source: Future worlds center wiki

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