THE STRAIGHTFORWARD PREMISE
Oftentimes collaboration is thwarted because of basic superficial differences or disagreements, even when outcomes are otherwise mutually desirable.
If two or more people can agree on something they want to see in the world, it’s in their shared interest to consider what’s standing in the way of achieving that goal.
Structured Speculation proposes a method to eliminate any sense of difference between factions, be they political, religious, cultural, or anything in between through double-blind index processing.
To speculate is to think about or investigate something that is uncertain or unknown.
Structuring the investigation in terms of reaching a specific outcome is a holistic approach that utilizes strategic thinking to create new possibilities.
People from every part of the social and economic spectrum can collaborate with each other to mutually benefit from a project.
So long as participants are committed to bringing forth a specific result, proposals, resources, and collaborative opportunities can be shared freely.
The road map to completing any idea can arise from the discussion generated by asking the question:
From this simple inquiry, we can start to sketch out many of the details that might be required such as:
- What would have had to happen beforehand?
- What resources would be required?
- What type of challenges will need to be overcome?
- What work is currently being done that could contribute or benefit from a boost?
Each of the answers determined can be similarly analyzed and broken into component parts.
The assortment of data that emerges from this process is categorized, cross-referenced, and mapped onto real-world actions, players, resources, and requirements that would lead the completion of a goal by a specific time.
These details are woven together into a speculative proposal template known as a Structured Solution which unlocks collaboration in a dynamic global network and serves as the road map to completion.
This from nothing more than the declaration of a result in the future, and curiosity about what it would take to make it happen.
A COLLECTION OF MOVING PARTS
Structured Speculation is a bottom-up approach to problem solving. Instead of analyzing the world at a macro level and finding solvable problems, it starts with understanding the smallest context for a solution, and then works outwards.
This is useful because it forces discussions and decisions to take place at the most manageable level possible, and consequently more easily be implemented. It also creates a more human-friendly approach to problem solving, where a little bit of effort can solve a lot more problems than it can without Structured Speculation.
The general premise of Structured Solutions is that it’s not necessary to know how something happened before it does happen, but it’s also important to keep track of progress.
This mental shift will allow for new possibilities in solving issues, and consequently new solutions to problems we can’t solve now because there aren’t enough resources, support, or understanding.