A workshop exercise to open minds and shift perspectives.

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)




Using innovative engagement tools, empower communities to better govern themselves and act on issues they care about.


Interviews with decision makers and engagement practitioners

Nation-wide survey and focus groups of young Australians

Engagement case studies and supplementary research

Insight 01

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.

Insight 02

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.


With the above in mind, we decided to leverage the deliberative process to create a more constructive and productive relationship between communities and decision-makers.


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I acknowledge the Cabrogal people of the Darug Nation, the traditional custodians of the land where I live and work.

I pay my respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.