Participatory Method Applications

Participatory methods, which have a development period of about 40 years, start from the idea that valuable and usable information exists in individuals. We support the growth of their contribution to the organization with our methods, where we see and exhibit the whole picture, not the parts. Such a contribution leads the institutions we work with to significant and lasting success. We are leading the rise of organizations that have novel ways of working with participatory methods, apply radical changes and achieve striking business results. We fill in two big gaps in the efforts to change with participatory methods. The first is to make use of the minds of the people of the system that will change for change. Thus, people are involved in the process of redesigning their jobs and creating their future together. The second is the holistic approach to change. This approach allows us to focus on improving the performance of the entire system, not just a single point. Participatory methods consists of three main phases: preparation, implementation of the method and compilation of results and finally, monitoring. By using these participatory methods, which we have been tailored based on the needs of our customers, we turn the minds of the participants, ranging from 5 to 1000 numbers, into surplus value.

Common Features of Participatory Methods:

Search Conference

Search Conference® is a participatory planning methodology that we use to create common ground. We have been performing similar practices in Turkey for the last 30 years exceeding the number of 1200 conferences at various holding companies, associations, sector organizations, public institutions and companies.

At the conference, we use a systematic process in which groups design the future they desire and the strategies necessary to achieve it. "Search" is an achievable, desired future and "common ground" exploration.

We enable participants to creatively produce the organization philosophy, mission, goals and objectives enriched with shared values and beliefs with using the method of participatory design of the future. This process is especially useful when social, economic and technological uncertainties are strong.

Flexibility, innovation, social responsibility, participation and collaboration are required to adapt to an environment with unexpected changes, uncertainties, undesirable results and complexities. Search Conference® is designed to accommodate all these components. It is therefore an excellent decision-making methodology for fast-changing conditions that are not easy to predict.

In the Search Conference®, we bring together about 40 "stakeholders" for 2-2.5 days to seek common ground, in a non-classical conference setting.

We seek and find the 'common ground’ that the participants will develop by convincing each other at every stage of the Search Conference®.



Method:  Search Confrence®

Aim: Forming vision and strategy; Creating vision, strategy and roadmap, producing common ground.

Steps of Process: Determining environmental scenarios, Examining the strategic evolution of the system, Evaluation of the current situation, Designing the future, Determining the strategic path

Participants: 40-50 participants, Any stakeholders who can make significant participation

Duration: 1 week of preparation, 2,5 days of conference, 2 weeks of reporting  

Conference and Workshop Methods

Method: Decision Conference®

Aim: Deciding and Prioritizing in line with Strategy and Vision, Multi-criteria decision making, Prioritizing goals, Prioritizing strategies, Prioritizing actions.

Steps of Process: Evaluation of decision-making criteria by computer-aided mechanisms, Prioritizing goals, strategies and actions, Interpreting priorities.

Participants: 7-500 participants, Stakeholder groups broadened with experts.

Duration: 1 week of preparation, 1 day of conference, 2 weeks of reporting


Method: Dialogue Conference®

Aim: Projecting, Taking steps towards performing projects, providing effective communication in a focused area that will bring the subject closer to implementation.

Steps of Process: Project feasibility studies, Project evaluation studies, Application protocols

Participants : 40-70 participants.

Duration: 2-8 weeks of preparation, 1 day of conference, 2 weeks of reporting.



Method: Assessment Conference®

Aim: Assessment of Change, To evaluate the implementation phase of the planned topics, to reveal new implementation plans

Steps of Process: Assessment of the application by the stakeholders who made the change

Participants: 30-50 participants, convenient people who made the application of change.

Duration: 1 week of preparation, 1 day of conference, 1 week of reporting.


Method: Open Space Conference

Aim: Disseminate the change, Creating a development agenda, Providing a high level of group interaction and productivity

Steps of Process: Collection of development suggestions, Elaboration of suggestions, Evaluation of suggestions

Participants: 50-1000 participants, All stakeholders

Duration: 1 week of preparation, 1-3 days of conference, 2 weeks of reporting


Method: Participatory Design Workshops®

Aim: Designing Organizational Structuring, Developing Organizations, Creating New Structuring Vision, Developing Team Games

Steps of Process: Evaluating the existing organization, Designing the desired organization form visually and verbally

Participants: 40-50 participants

Duration: 1 week of preparation, 2-3 days of conference, 2 weeks of reporting


Method: Strategy Workshop

Aim: Formulation of Strategy, Sector, Analysis of competition and market dynamics, Designing the basics of the Firm's competitive approach and the main dimensions of the competitive strategy.

Steps of Process: Analysis of the structural components of the sector and the main uncertainties and major breakdowns in these components, Analysis of competition and market dynamics, Evaluation of the core competencies and weaknesses of the Firm that create competitive advantage, Determination of the basic competition approach, Designing the main components of the competitive strategy.

Participants: 20-50 participants

Duration: 1 week of preparation, 1-2 days of workshop, 1 week of reporting


Method: Strategy Forum

Aim: Performing strategy communications, Communication on strategy issues, Creating corrective actions

Steps of Process: Strategy Presentation, Strategy Assessment, Strategy Interpretation, Production and Delivery of Suggestions.

Participants: 40-70 participants

Duration: 1 week of preparation, 1 day of workshop, 1 week of reporting


Method: Differentiation Workshop

Aim: Redesign of the Elements that will Differentiate the Institution, Determination of Differentiation Areas, Creation of Original Designs in these Areas

Steps of Process: Value chain analysis, Competition analysis, Creative design work

Participants: 40-50 participants

Duration: 1 week of preparation, 2 days of workshops, 2 weeks of reporting


Method: Culture Workshop

Aim: Planning the Culture Change, creating the desired culture of the Institution in a participatory way

Steps of Process: To examine the parts of the corporate culture such as management approach (such as strategic view, the structure of human resources systems and organization, empowerment), the way of doing business (processes, organizational structure, general working style), values, internal and external communication.

Designing the desired culture, Solution suggestions / Action plans

Participants: 20-40 participants

Duration: 1 week of preparation, 1 day of workshop, 1 week of reporting


Method: Brand Vision Workshop

Aim: Planning Brand Management, Forming Brand vision, Identifying brand opportunity areas, Determining brand identity, Creating the positioning plan

Steps of Process: Assessment of Brands, Designing the future position of the brand, Action plans,

Participants: 30-50 participants

Duration: 2 weeks of preparations, 1-2 day of workshops, 2 weeks of reporting


Method: Scenario Planning Workshop

Aim: Defining Different Future Scenarios, Creating alternative future scenarios to understand the future, Planning according to different scenarios

Steps of Process: Determination of “impressive forces” in the environment, Determination of the effects of influential forces, Determination of scenarios

Participants: 10-40 participants

Duration: 4 weeks of preparation, 1 day of workshop, 2 weeks of reporting


Method: Action Architecture Workshop

Aim: Converting Projects into Detailed Actions, Identifying and planning all actions to achieve the set goals

Steps of Process: Obstacle analysis, Action production, Linking actions

Participants: 20-40 participants     

Duration: 1 week of preparation, 1 day of workshop, 1 week of reporting



Method: CrisisPlan Workshop

Aim: Planning the Crisis Management, Creating the portfolio of crisis, preparing the planning of crisis

Steps of Process: Examining the past crises and the institution, Determining the crisis possibilities, Determining what needs to be done before, during and after the crisis.

Participants: 30-50 participants

Duration: 1 week of preparation, 1 day of workshop, 1 week of reporting

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