Our solution builds on these methods: Patterns, Next Steps, PARs, and CLAs.

Solution as pattern

  • Every solution also has a problem: the problem it solves.

  • Once there’s a solution, the problem ceases to be a problem. If you start with the problem you’ll have to find the solution?

  • Even the solution, which developed through time and enterprise, stops being thought of as a solution as the problem fades into the background.

The primary aspects of the solution that we will present here are:

  • to Convene a relevant group of people

  • to Organize them in a meaningful way

  • to Cooperate on aspects of the problem

  • to Assess progress together as you go, and

  • to Share your findings with others, both as you go and whenever you’re done.

This might sound abstract but we will show how these methods come together to solve serious problems.

Notice that this outline mirrors the five parts of the PAR, which instantiates a micro- version of ‘peeragogy’ and which also, usefully, produces data that we can integrate later on, in later rounds of convening, organising, etc.

The PAR has the following steps:

  1. Review the intention: what do we expect to learn or make together?

  2. Establish what is happening: what and how are we learning?

  3. What are some different perspectives on what’s happening?

  4. What did we learn or change?

  5. What else should we change going forward?

A quick word about patterns

In the major sections of the book, we will present our ‘solution’ to various problems using patterns that we’ve encountered time and time again in the Peeragogy project.

You can use the patterns as a starter-kit for your own experiments with peeragogy. Sharing – and revising – patterns is one of the key activities we do in the peeragogy project, and you will likely want to revisit this chapter several times as you look through the rest of the book. Don’t forget your pen or pencil to tailor the patterns to your own needs; or, if you have the opportunity, jump into the discussion online to improve the patterns for others.

Next steps

BACK ‘Patternize’ the major sectionshandbook

Each of the major subsections — Convening, Organizing, Cooperation, Assessement, and Share — should be turned into a pattern.

BACK Merge existing patterns as subsections of the major sectionshandbook

All of our existing patterns should fit into the major subsections as sub-patterns. (If they don’t fit well, then we should add more major sections!)