The Place Edit
Our major collaboration goes on inside our Think Tanks. It's where we try to systematically identify the issues and details we need to address.
The Process Edit
Step 1: Ask a question. Identify an area where the idea is weak and ask a question to get people thinking about it.
Step 2: Define solutions. Propose a solution. Don't worry if your solution isn't fully developed, others can finish your solution and your solution may spark an idea for someone else.
Step 3: Refine the solution. Challenge a solution or respond to a challenge by further developing the solution. This challenging and developing process is a "survival of the fittest" process. The fittest ideas will (1) receive the most attention and (2) be able to overcome challenges. "Unfit" ideas will (1) receive little attention and (2) not be able to resolve their shortcomings.
Step 4: Finalize the best solution. Through the refining process, the "fittest" solution should identify itself. When you feel that it has identified itself and has fully evolved you can propose that the group finalize the solution for incorporation. As long as there are no valid dissenting opinions the proposal should be incorporated. For a dissenting opinion to be valid, it must identify a weakness in the solution. This weakness must be resolved before the solution can be proposed for finalization again. In the case that the group is unable to finalize a solution, the question may be submitted to an administrator for arbitration.
Step 5: Incorporate the best solution. When a solution has been finalized, the solution should be incorporated into the final product (usually denoted by the symbol) with the citations of where steps 1-4 can be found.
The Product Edit
We talk about incorporating the solutions into the final product. Well, what's the final product? That depends on which project you're working in:
- DYC Pillars Project - We envision a document that describes each pillar of DYC. This document will be a part of our business plan and a building block for our future planning.
- Mock-Up Project - All the information from the Website Mock-Up Think Tank will be used to simulate the future website.
- Website Project - Pretty obvious. This takes the conceptual components from the Mock-Up and the technical components from the Website Think Tank to create the actual DYC.org.
- Movement - The info from this think tank will flow into an action plan. This will be another piece of our business plan.