A network for co-production practitioners
I wanted to share with you some information about a participative decision-making method called Crowd Wise, developed by a colleague of mine, Perry Walker (now a nef fellow). I'm sure many of you will know of and use methods like Open Space and World Cafe. These are great for opening up conversations and ensuring everyones voice and perspective is heard. However, sometimes it is difficult from this open starting point, to generate actions and next steps that everyone signs up to. In other meeting formats too often people are asked to vote 'for' or 'against' something, and those who are able to generate most support drown out those with alternative ideas.
Crowd Wise is a useful process for enabling people to reach a consensus conclusion and a way of making the most of all the ideas that are created by open processes. It generates a series of possible answers to an issue, then seeks to generate consensus among and between these options. Rather than being 'for' or 'against' an option you are able to rate your preferences. This is then followed by deliberation or discussion, enabling the best bits of various popular ideas to be reviewed and/ or adapted and improved. This 'preference voting' approach often means that most people who take part are able to feel at least some of what they want is represented, offering a positive starting point on which many people are able to take action.
Crowd Wise might be useful where people are involved in commissioining or decommissioning services in an area, or within organisations wanting to refocus their activities.
You can read more about Crowd Wise in action at http://www.news.coop/features/Wider%20Co-op%20Movement/2074 where it has been used by Wimbledon AFC (a football club owned by its supporters).
Theres more about Crowd Wise here, crowd wise or contact Perry dierct at firstname.lastname@example.org He's keen to understand whether and how Crowd Wise could be useful to co-production and would be delighted to hear from any of you.
If anyone does use it - or investigate it further - perhaps you could share your thoughts with other practitioners on this blog?
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