New Zealand Pastor Teaches Wisdom of the Crowd in Cambodia

John Turton in Cambodia with StudentsJohn Turton in Cambodia with StudentsThe 2012 Prize for Most Frequent User of Dotmocracy Sheets goes to John Turton, a Pastor at St. Marks Uniting Church in Wellington, New Zealand.
John conservatively estimates he has used Dotmocracy sheets in over 40 different meetings since he first discovered the tool in 2009.  He uses Dotmocracy because "it builds on the principle of consensus as in 'Wisdom of the Crowd' where our combined wisdom is far greater than any one individual's IQ or wisdom. I'm not in favour of Mother Goose leadership."
Volunteering for a charity in Cambodia, John taught the Dotmocracy process as part of multiple Strengths Based Leadership courses he lead for groups of 25 young men and women. The students immediately used the Dotmocracy sheets to solve long standing organisational problems, such as recognizing fresh ideas on how to communicate to their sponsors for more support in a sustained and viable way to match their resources and manpower, and how to better use their manpower to tackle the tasks they were trying to carry out in caring for orphanages.

Back home, John is part of a leader team for 7 churches that aim to conduct decision-making using a consensus approach.  Through a complex arrangement of councils, forums, and courts, the churches govern themselves to address questions on topics such as funding, structure, mission, strategy and the planning of events.  Some challenging issues that they have found Dotmocracy useful for finding agreement on include: decisions on heating; best use of plant; confirming work that was successful and needed to be continued; and identifying situations that were absorbing resources and hours but for little results. 


John's meetings have involved all ages from children to seniors, with participants numbering between 11 and 25.


You can learn more about John Turton and his work at his web site:


Thanks again, John, for supporting the growth of Dotmocracy.  Your signed Handbook is in the mail.


-Jason Diceman