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DSPL2 Solution Circles


A creative problem-solving tool.

Solution circles are tools of “community capacity”. It assumes and demonstrates that nearby people - in any community or workplace have the capacity to help - if asked.

Step 1:  Problem presenter outlines the problem.

Step 2:  Brainstorm: everyone shares ideas/creative solutions to what they have just heard.

Step 3:  Group discussion, focusing on five positive points.

Step 4: The first step. The focus person and the group decide on first steps that are doable in the next 3 days. At least one should be initiated within 24 hours.

It doesn’t guarantee a solution, but it usually gets people “unstuck” and at least points to a logical next step.

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