Large group decision-making is faster, easier and smarter when you use the Dotmocracy process. This site is a free collection of resources for Dotmocracy facilitators.

What's New

With the aim of eliminating confusion with sticker dot-voting, and to improve the adoption of Dotmocracy Sheets, I have decided a new name is needed (see background article).  

Over the past few months I have been discussing and surveying Dotmocracy users from around the world on what they feel are the key benefits of the tool and what new names they like and suggest (see survey results summary).

After reviewing almost 200 different name ideas, we are now at the final short list of 12 name options, and I’m hoping you would be willing to take a 3 minute survey to let us know which new names you like most.  

Thank you to the 179 wonderful individuals who responded to my “A New Name for Dotmocracy Sheets” survey  in late November 2013. Below is a quick summary, with complete details attached as a PDF.

Who Participated

Respondents were a decent spread of ages from about 25 to 74, although those under 35 or over 65 were less represented than in the average English speaking population (e.g. U.K, Canada, USA).

About 90% of respondents had used Dotmocracy sheets, and of these users, a minority of 41% were professional facailitators.

I'm excited to share a newly created DOC format of the original Dotmocracy Sheet. This standard file can be opened in  Microsoft Word, OpenOffice.org and other popular word processors, making it easy to modify, such as changing some of the wording, adding elements or translating into your preferred language.

Download it from the newly created Library of Dotmocracy Sheets

If you have created a custom or translated  Dotmocracy Sheet, please send me a copy so we can share it this site too!

Donnan M. Stoicovy, Lead Learner from Park Forest Elementary School in Pennsylvania, USA sent in this video and photos showing how her students used Dotmocracy sheets to help narrow down the Preamble, 8 Rights and 7 Responsibilities for their new school constitution. Jump to 4:30 in the video

It is inspiring to see young people defining their own institution's constitution.

 

The 2012 Prize for Most Innovative Use of Dotmocracy goes to Martha Griffin in Dublin, Ireland.

Martha came up with a unique method that has the fun of voting with big smiley face stickers, and still the sophistication of rating ideas on a five point scale. Here is her story...

Martha works with the Gateway Mental Health Project, a community based member led initiative for people with self-experience of mental ill health.   The project aims to support the integration of members into the social, cultural, educational and commercial/working life of the community.

She has used Dotmocracy on multiple occasions with members to help decide which training courses and programs should be prioritized for funding applications.

Housing Collaborative Example Dotmocracy ResultHousing Collaborative Example Dotmocracy ResultThe 2012 Prize for Most Inspiring Use of Dotmocracy goes to Christine Galvin in Port Clinton, Ohio, USA.

Christine is a founding member of the Ottawa County Housing Collaborative, a public/private multi-agency partnership that encourages advocacy and education regarding housing needs. Their collaborators represent a wide range of important local organizations, including the government housing authority, planning commissions, schools, family services and charities such as Habitat for Humanity and the United Way.

She described how their group was was stuck in a failed strategic planning process for two or three years; in her words "spinning our wheels, and getting nowhere".

John Turton in Cambodia with StudentsJohn Turton in Cambodia with StudentsThe 2012 Prize for Most Frequent User of Dotmocracy Sheets goes to John Turton, a Pastor at St. Marks Uniting Church in Wellington, New Zealand.
 
John conservatively estimates he has used Dotmocracy sheets in over 40 different meetings since he first discovered the tool in 2009.

Andy is a professor, who was researching "consensus decision-making" with his students. They learned about Dotmocracy and thought it was pretty cool. Thanks to Kathleen Huggard for posting this.

Dotting in progressUsing Dotmocracy Sheets and the step-by-step Dotmocracy process to recognize agreements in large group meetings can be very productive, but it doesn't always work out that way.

On more occasions then I'd like to count, I've seen plans for a Dotmocracy process get abandoned in favour of a more traditional meeting format, sometimes during the late stages of event planning or even  during the actual workshop.  Why does it happen and how can it be avoided?  Here are a few examples based on my experience...

Photo from a conference with participants passing Dotmocracy sheets on clipboardsBig events like a conference are such amazing opportunities to recognize important agreements among the many participants with shared interests, professional experience and related work.

Here are a few ideas of how you might use Dotmocracy sheets at your next conference:
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