THE SOLUTION IN NUMBERS
Structured Speculation can be applied to any idea, no matter the scale or complexity. The framework is a method to guess-and-check proposals and break them into manageable units.
Structured Speculation was designed to complement traditional methods of research and analysis. This groundwork laid, organizations can then apply Structured Speculation to identify a diverse range of questions to ask and provide answers to. It can be implemented as a stand-alone project management structure or as augmentation or expansion of other management strategies such as Benefits Realization Management (BRM).
One of the benefits of using Structured Speculation rather than a traditional quantitative analysis technique is that it provides insight into the entire breadth of the issue. It brings together data from various sources and types of information.
Broad sharing of Structured Solutions makes it easy for anyone to contribute ideas about how something might work better– whether they’re experts in that field or just passionate about making a difference – and to do so without having direct access or influence over those responsible for managing projects related to a particular issue/goal/idea.
This result is an open forum where all ideas are welcome regardless of originator’s identity, ideology, or differences in opinion, allowing everyone involved equal opportunity for input while simultaneously maintaining autonomy throughout.
Structured Speculation extends the concept of human capital as a production function into the domain of speculation. It proposes that people accumulate capital by learning how to form, express, and leverage their unique relationships with those of others.
This is done through models that examine the relationships among specific goals and conditions which then serve to improve the human condition.
Structured Solutions aim to make progress possible by creating systemic interventions that cross frontiers and bridge borders without consideration for shared geography or nationality.
In essence they proactively make sure our solutions account for power-balanced approaches grounded in principles of equity, accountability, compassion, generosity, and gratitude.
As such, Structured Solutions must align with the broad definition of safety adopted by OpenAI, (the creators of the technology behind SPECULATE)
“Freedom from those conditions that can cause physical, psychological, or social harm to people, including but not limited to death, injury, illness, distress, misinformation, or radicalization, damage to or loss of property or opportunity, or damage to the environment.”
Structured Solutions are proposed with the intention of being realized, so that they will have a net positive effect on humanity. They do this by closing gaps that continue to persist in our global society; lack of access to essential resources and healthcare, linguistic and cultural displacement, climate change, or exclusion from opportunity due to marginalization.
Having safety protocols in place minimizes the risk of violence, death, injuries, environmental or social harm through misinformation or malicious players. Structured Solutions must be designed with these threats in mind.
The core principles of Structured Speculation remain consistent with the way businesses operate today – by identifying opportunities and recognizing patterns to improve upon them.
Most organizations do this by leveraging existing relationships, which usually comes from knowing someone who knows someone else.
However, the Structured Speculation model allows users to become part of a much larger network, making connections across entire industries and geographies, giving them access to insights that are not otherwise available.
The Structured Speculation network takes advantage of these connections to find new opportunities and better ways of doing things.