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Shared Vision Planning

SVP Method - Step 4

Collaboratively Formulate Alternatives Using the Model

Stakeholders and experts together can brainstorm ideas and develop plans that differ from the status quo.

Critical Difference:  Formulation and evaluation of alternatives is done iteratively with input from the team and, typically, involves solutions that are not within the power of any one entity to implement.


Example from the National Drought Study

The Drought Preparedness Studies showed that brainstorming is most successful when stakeholders can freely offer all ideas without criticism. Only when the group has shared all its ideas should experts explain why some solutions are impractical and shouldn’t be studied further.

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