Plott is a card-based exercise designed to encourage a flexible mindset before deliberative engagements. I worked with a transdisciplinary team to develop Plott as part of an innovation project conducted for the strategic communication firm KJA.
Drawing on three months of primary stakeholder research, we designed Plott to better prime workshop participants for effective deliberation and consensus-building. The exercise has since been trialled in community engagements for Sydney Airport, with interest from political decision-makers and engagement practitioners.
A prototype was presented at the Spark Festival 2050 Emergent event in 2019, and the exercise materials are available as a free digital download on the Plott website.
Sharon Gao, Nic Hurrell, Marissa Motsos and Scott Newton (mentor)
Interviews with decision makers and engagement practitioners
Nation-wide survey and focus groups of young Australians
Engagement case studies and supplementary research
While time can be a barrier to individuals' engagement, we also found decision-makers are more receptive to input from stakeholders who have evaluated multiple perspectives on an issue.
We found there was untapped potential in the deliberative process – a method currently at the forefront of engagement practice, as it aims to create informed consensus. Intervening in this existing method would maximise the impact of our solution.