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Dotmocracy is a beautifully simple method for group prioritization or decision-making. It is not an activity on its own, but a method to use in processes where prioritization or decision-making is the aim. The method supports a group to quickly see which options are most popular or relevant.
Dot-stickers or markers
Use this method when a set of possible ideas have already been generated and need to be assessed or prioritized.
Place all the ideas up on a wall, one idea per post-it. Have the group cluster similar ideas and remove any duplicate post-its. Ensure that all ideas on the wall are clear to all members in the group, by running through all and inviting clarifications.
Have the group vote by dots. Each group member gets 5 (or another number) of dots to vote with. These dots can be distributed in any way: one dot each to five different ideas, all five dots to one idea, etc.
Once all members have distributed their dots, the group could proceed in a variety of ways:
An open dialogue about the prioritization; which ideas got more dots? Which less?
Organize the ideas on a line from most to least dots, then discuss
Take only the top three ideas and spend time developing these further
Jason Diceman, Dotmocracy.org
See Dotmocracy.org for more information and resources.