A (facilitated) group process for co-creating a response to a driver.

  • draws on the collective intelligence and diversity of perspective within a group
  • involves people in co-creating agreements
  • fosters accountability and sense of ownership

Proposal Forming may also be used by an individual.

Proposal Forming Steps

Consent to driver: Is this driver relevant for us to respond to? Is the driver statement an accurate description of what is happening and what is needed?

Deepen shared understanding of driver: invite essential questions to understand the driver in more detail.

Collect considerations phrased as questions relating to possible solutions. Questions either reveal constraints (information gathering questions) or possibilities (generative questions).

Answer any information gathering questions if possible.

Prioritize considerations.

Gather ideas as possible ingredients for a proposal.

Design a proposal for addressing the driver considering the creative ideas and information gathered so far. This is usually done by a smaller group of “tuners”.

Proposal forming process

Choosing Tuners


  • who should be there?
  • who wants to be there?
  • who else may have a valuable contribution to make?
  • consider expertise, outside view, and inspiration

Between two and three tuners is usually appropriate. Check for any objections to the proposed tuner(s). Consider

A simple template for proposals

▶ Role Selection
◀ Co-Create Proposals
▲ Co-Creation And Evolution