external image 2966269791_c1eec0486e.jpgDot-Voting

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Dot-voting is a convergent facilitation process, meaning it helps a group prioritize and select something. It often follows the divergent process of brainstorming and can help in prioritization.

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  • At the KS2 Workshop we used Dotmocracy to identify and pick sessions for Speed Geeking. In debriefing this method, we noticed that people who posted their dots after others, made decisions that supported trends rather than perhaps their own original choices. In reflecting back, we skipped some of the recommended Dotmocracy steps that would have resolved this issue. The summary of how these two methods were used and an AAR on them is available at:Dotmocracy and Speed Geeking and Debriefing dotmocracy and speed geeking. Gauri Salokhe, FAO.
  • In UNICEF we frequently use this technique to sort out key topics to explore in a workshop, or to identify follow up priorities. Most of our staff are not familiar with the dotmocracy handbook and so have applied the rules more loosely - for example varying the number of dots per person, and also depending on the situation insisting that each person vote for an item only once, or allowing them to distribute their dots however they like.


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  • Gauri Salokhe (gauri.salokhe [at] fao.org)



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