Three Potential Solutions
Now that you have a persona that you are designing your proposal for, and you are starting to see the world from that person’s point of view, the next step is to brainstorm potential solutions. No later than this Friday, you should very briefly describe at least 3 possible solutions in the “Potential Solutions” section of your proposal document.
In creating your three potential solutions, don’t worry (yet) about feasibility, or even whether each solution is “good.” The goal is to create options and choices. In the next step, you will select, combine, and revise the solutions into one “best” solution that will become the core of your proposal.
Here are some general categories of solutions, to get you started:
Permit an activity, organization, or kind of association that is currently forbidden, or that isn’t explicitly permitted.
Encourage a desired activity by providing incentives, or by making it easier or cheaper to do it.
Increase, decrease, or change regulations.
Give power to communities, or directly to individuals, to make decisions they cannot currently make.
Define goals, standards, or best practices.
Pool resources so that they can be used more effectively or efficiently.
Collect and disseminate information so that communities and individuals can make better-informed decisions.
Try a pilot experiment with a small population to gauge the effectiveness of a creative policy idea.
See the previous announcement for more details and advice about potential solutions.
UM students are not expected to post during break next week (though you are welcome to do so). However, UM students ARE expected to post on at least three days this week, and three days during the week of March 8.
Please note that the first draft of your formal proposal will be due March 17, so you will need to hit the ground running after break.