Crowd-sourced Collective Intelligence Platforms for Participatory Scenarios and Foresight

by Noah Raford

Introduction

Scenario planning is a structured method for exploring planning and design strategy under severe uncertainty and dynamic change. Most approaches to scenario planning rely on expensive consultants and heavy face-to-face involvement. This poster describes a pilot project in using the collaborative potential of the web to leverage large amounts of participation for emergent scenario creation. The experiment used a “narrative capture” approach to data collection made possible by the Sensemaker™ software platform developed by Cognitive Edge.1 Using an on-line interface, participants from around the world answered four generic questions relating to the near-term future of public services, given the level of financial uncertainty seen around the world.(continue…)

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