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Functional solutions (Step 3 of 5)

Continuing the stakeholder process after facilitating the superordinate goal statement and categorizing and scrutinizing the hindrances to the superordinate goal, we now wish to identify functional solutions to each leaf issue. This already lends itself to massive parallel participation and the input from a crowd, e.g., through web presentation technology that permits controlled inputs from massive numbers of stakeholders. For every leaf node, we attach one or more descriptions of what kind of solutions we envision for those simple, leaf node issues.

Here is an example of one sub issue broken down into further sub-sub-issues until functional solutions were identified:

Unsafe neighborhoods

Crime committed on the streets

Crime-prone street conditions

Streets too dark at night

The facilitator ended the subdivision into sub-sub issues because the stakeholders recognized that the issue, “Streets too dark at night,” may easily have functional solutions, such as: 1) Install new street lamps, 2) Replace street lighting, 3) Fix street lighting, and 4) Adjust the automatic turn-on and turn-off times of street lamps so that they start shining earlier, stay on longer, and have fewer periods at night when they are off. The issue “Streets too dark at night” became a leaf node.

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