Revealing and discussing different perspectives to see problems from other viewpoints
There are often multiple relevant perspectives within an integrated research project. Understanding these can help us decide who we need to work with and can help us see the problem from other points of view.
This exercise is best done in a workshop setting. It works best in groups of 6-8 people, so if there are more than that, work in separate groups.
Write the problem or issue on a card and place on the table. Each person then considers the issue from your own perspective and explains this to the group "from my perspective as an XYZ, the critical elements of this issue are ABC".
Then brainstorm a list of possible stakeholders for the problem you are exploring. Write these on cards. Distribute one card each. Ask each member to reflect on the following questions for 5 minutes and then describe their understanding of the issue from the perspective of the stakeholder on the card to the rest of the group.
These are some questions that can help us consider the issue from another perspective:
A facilitator makes notes on a white board on the issues and separately, any overlaps or opportunities that emerged for the project.
Once each person has had their turn, reshuffle cards and repeat, at least three times so people explore different perspectives
Now, as a team, you can talk through the situation from each perspective after you have reviewed the flipcharts for each perspective and ideas for leverage.
Finally, reflect on the exercise by asking questions such as:
The Wheel of Multiple perspectives. The MSP guide: How to design and facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships
Bringing together ideas and concepts from different sources.