An open discussion procedure for the design of adaptive social systems in communities.
This methodology derives from co-participative design, as introduced by the Fuschl Group.
SSDM has been proposed by G. DYER, who describes four stages in such processes (1995, p.8):
1. "Introduction: This stage envisages an Initiator who believes that a social system redesign is necessary and who then approaches another member of the community with a Draft Declaration of Interdependence as a way forward".
The Initiator should clarify the terms independence, dependence and interdependence as a conceptual foundation for SSDM.
2. "Development: This stage assumes that with two people now committed to the design process further cascading takes place. Further amendments to the Declaration take place and at some stages, meetings are called to clarify points that have been raised"…
"The Declaration must be presented as a continuously evolving ideal – members of the group must be reassured that they have the right to suggest amendments to both the domains and details within domains, or indeed to suggest entirely new domains".
3. "Incorporation: This stage includes the possibility of a Draft Bill of Rights and Responsabilities, being developed by dialogue to incorporate the community's agreements"
This includes "freedom of expression" and "freedom to act". "Responsability" includes "recognise that actions will be seen to be inappropriate if they place others in a position of vulnerability".
4. "Review: "… individuals will be reflecting on their experience of being a member of the design team in the absence of any prior formal education in systems design, their experience becomes their education" (Ibid).
This type of design through group dynamics should be compared with WARFIELD's Nominal Group Technique. It seems to lack a technique to avoid underconceptualization, but it has strong positive psychological effects.
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