UNSPOKEN VOICES
Overview

The Unspoken Voices process is a way to collectively identify the perceptions and perspectives of a group of people as they discuss a particular situation.

Concept

The Unspoken Voices concept is based on the natural human behaviour of generating perceptions and forming perspectives in group discussions. Often, when a group is discussing a particular situation, some people may appear more powerful and confident, which can bias the outcome. Also, it can be quite easy to become fixated on inconsequential details in group discussion or the group confined itself moving too quickly to an apparent solution without exploring the wider context and implications of a situation. The Unspoken Voices method enables people to share their perspectives in a dynamic discussion without becoming bogged down in power dynamics and other distractions.

Purpose

The purpose of Unspoken Voices is to enable individuals to clearly display their perceptions and perspectives during a group discussion. Displaying their perceptions and perspectives, rather than describing them in detail or going off at tangents, means that the discussion is kept in the flow and so is far more effective.  Rather than asking individuals to share their perceptions and perspectives one at a time, the Unspoken Voices method gives a collective real-time display of individual perceptions and perspectives. This means that it is a very effective method for initially exploring situations and also for rapidly reaching a group decision and moving to group action.

Uses
  • To clearly display perceptions and perspectives during a group discussion
  • To keep discussions in flow
  • To ensure that discussions are more effective and take less time
  • To ensure that discussions stay on topic
  • To ensure that discussions are not dominated by a few individuals
  • To provide a real-time display of individual perceptions and perspectives
  • To explore and understand a complex situation
  • To rapidly reach group decisions
  • To rapidly move to action
  • To encourage an enquiry process rather than just stating opinions

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