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  • Dotmocracy sheets were used to get feedback on 5 key issues relating to execution of a project for a construction company in Hong Kong.
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  • BikeCamp TO was a one day unconference hosted by the Toronto Cyclist Union. The event used an Open Space approach. At the end of various workshops participants generated ideas for actions that were then dotted.
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  • At the first ChangeCamp in Toronto we invited participants to write and dot ideas for "next steps" during the closing plenary. Although Dotmocracy was not the focus, some very popular ideas were recognized in about 20 minutes.
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  • Provided a Dotmocracy Wall at the 2008 Learning Democracy by Doing Conference hosted by Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Participation was too low to provide very useful outcomes.
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  • We used Dotmocracy to help with the an inquiry process that we were doing school-wide to improve our lunchroom. We conducted the process working with K-5 children and adults. It was a wonderful clarifying process. Our ultimate result was a greatly improved lunchroom.

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  • I used it February with a group of about 40 who are members of what we call the statewide Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC), a grant funded project representing law enforcement and traffic engineering professionals here in Nevada. Dotmocracy worked like a charm in an exercise to update the objectives of our strategic plan.

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  • We used dotmocracy tools to complete a strategic planning exercise we had begun with an online survey prior to the conference. The sheets allowed us to focus the room's attention on 8 key ideas for the association, and to come to agreement on how to prioritize that list.

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  • In an open air and poorly lit weekly community meeting, neighbours collected agreements on how to improve their shanty town.

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  • A demonstration of the Dotmocracy process as part of the Methods Showcase at the National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation Dotmocracy in San Francisco, California. View photo
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  • Dotmocracy process was used at the end of a two-day symposium to find agreement on a concrete project the group could move forward on.
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  • The process resulted in over 25 strongly approved proposals covering eight key questions, completed within 80 minutes. The participants were a diverse group of residents, business owners and community visitors.
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  • The Big Carrot food co-op used dotmocracy to inform the policy decision concerning staff uniforms.
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  • Collecting clear direction for next steps at the conclusion of a non-profit leaders project training.
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  • In parallel with the meeting agenda, members were invited to post and dot ideas for the co-op. We used an early version of the dotmocracy sheet with stickers.
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Non-profit leaders training in Niagara Falls 2004

Summary: 
Collecting clear direction for next steps at the conclusion of a non-profit leaders project training.
Date / Time: 
December 2004, 1 hour
Name of Facilitator(s): 
Jason Diceman
Number of participants: 
16
Total number of ideas dotted: 
42
Preamble: 
I asked the participants to brainstorm in small groups and produce suggestions for promoting success in the project that they were all being trained on.
Details: 

In December 2004, sixteen diverse non-profit leaders used an early version of the Dotmocracy process to identify and prioritize issues and outline next steps at the conclusion of a two day national web portal project training workshop.
  • 42 proposals were written and discussed
  • An average of 12 participants critically judged each proposal
  • 30 unanimously accepted suggestions were recognized, 13 of which had strong approval
  • Conducted in a single 65 minute session, including instruction and debriefing

The steering committee was able to use the written results of the Dotmocracy process to generate a clear plan of action towards successful project roll-out.

The process used the original sticker version of the Dotmocracy sheets.

A staff member recorded the results and e-mailed them to the group.

Learnings: 

People really liked the process. Some quotes...

 

"I felt engaged, listened to, and invigorated by how much was accomplished."
Kirstin Beardsley
Communications & Research Officer, Developing Human Resources in the Voluntary Sector

"An excellent energizing way to bring interactive brainstorming to a whole new level. A process that gets EVERYONE involved!!"
Kathy Marshall
Executive Director, Womenspace

"Rapid and efficient"
Glory Ressler
Professional Adult Educator and Facilitator, Edge of Avalon - Avalon Consulting and Associates

"Engaging and fun"
Norm King
Director, BoardMatch Fundamentals

"I look forward to using it further"
Beth De Long
Executive Director, Pillar - Voluntary Sector Network
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