Round 5-Root Cause Mapping

In this round the participants are engaged in a synchronous interaction, either face-to-face or virtually, and utilize the Cogniscope software (www.CWALtd.wetpaint.com) to construct a relational map displaying the influences among factors of higher relative importance, as determined from the voting results of Round 4. This "root cause map" draws distinctions between factors that exert strong leverage, appearing at the roots of the relational tree (map), and factors that are less influential appearing at the branches of the tree. Drawing these distinctions are critical in the design of a solution to the roadblocks for actualizing bottom-up democracy. Without diagnosing the roots of the issue the stakeholders run the risk of allocating resources to the symptoms and not the causes of the problem.


The construction of the Root Cause Map can be performed by engaging the participants in a disciplined dialogue either in the same location or in different locations, depending on their availability and other considerations.


The construction of the Root Cause Map by the group of participants completes the diagnostic phase of the group work. The Root Cause Map becomes the foundation for designing a collaborative action plan for dealing with the challenges of attaining bottom-up democracy as envisioned by President Barack Obama.


The root cause map generated during this synchronous round is posted below

One of the panel participants, Roy Smith from London, England, produced a table measuring the links among the inhibiting factos:

We invite you to enter comments or offer your interpretation of the Root Cause Map to the actualization of bottom-up democracy in the duscussion tab of this page.

Following the completion of the Root Cause Map and the interpretive stories presented here by the participants, the KMT will prepare a Summary Report and Post it in the "RESULTS" entry of the navigation bar. You can see the Report which has bee now posted in the Results entry of the navigation panel.

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