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Collective decision making

master basic concepts for collective decision making
What can be learnt from this course
  • utilitarianism and decision-making models;
  • rapid group modeling of decision-making situations;
  • resolving conflicts between stakeholders.
The main question of the course: how can a group of stakeholders with different preferences, choose the most useful of reasonable alternatives.
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What other challenges can be solved with the help of this course
Do not choose from one option
When a decision-making situation comes, people often choose from one option. Or, a maximum of two: do or not to do. In this course, we will look at how to expand this list of alternatives so that truly attractive options can appear there.
Build models "on the knees"
Fast coarse model building is a key skill for quality decision making. When it seems impossible to build a model with numbers, we usually greatly underestimate our knowledge of the subject. In this course, we will learn to avoid this and build models wherever possible, and with the least effort.
Learn to take into account new incoming information
Also, so that it is useful for making a decision. In modeling, you cannot go anywhere without a causal conclusion and Bayesianism. Do not be afraid of complicated words, we will understand in detail right from the scratch what it is and how to apply it to your cases.
Understand the course of systems thinking
In ontology classes, we analyze some basic concepts that are necessary for understanding the course of systems thinking. So if after listening to "Systems Management and Strategic Planning" or "Systems Leadership" or even "Systems Thinking" on Coursera, you feel like there is a mess in your head - you are welcome. We will deal in detail with stakeholders, holarchies, with a black and transparent boxes and with systems levels.
What you will gain from the course
Besides mind clarity
Decision Description Language
to talk about decision-making not as a cohesive act, but to understand what parts it consists of, how it happens and how it can be influenced in a way that is desirable for stakeholders;
Decision making model

which will allow taking into account the interests of all stakeholders and agree on joint activities;
Some life hacks

from the field of "how to measure anything" and build a simple but close to reality model that will allow to make a good decision in the face of uncertainty.
The course is recommended to anyone who feels insecurity (distinguish from uncertainty and risks!) when making decisions. Especially the basics of ontology will be useful to those who wants to take a course in systems thinking, or have already passed, but something is not understood in its foundations. Let's figure out what to do when a lot of stakeholders have gathered, and they are inclined to different decisions, each of which is good for one person only, and you need to choose.


once a week

hours (19:00-22:00)
Course Program
The main question: how to choose among many reasonable alternatives to a group of stakeholders with different preferences?

I. How to find reasonable alternatives?
Let's talk about utilitarianism and decision-making models. We will figure out how not to choose from one option and how the search for a solution differs from making a decision. A little bit about how to help not only the present, but also the future "yourself", as well as what would happen if ...
II. How to pack them into a model?
The basics of modeling - 4D and abstractions in the mental space: when you need one, when the other. "How to measure anything" - and then calculate on it. Let's try to build simple primitive models in two minutes. A few words about scientific thinking.
III. How to not lose the interests of other stakeholders?
Let's talk a bit about stakeholderism and what small steps you can take to better play your part. From here we turn to the formulation of beliefs as predictions and a probabilistic picture of the world. Further we will talk about Bayesianism and updating of models. Partially we will touch on conflict resolution and decision making during the discussion.
IV. Hot to make a decision?
We will talk about creativity: models that others like, models that you create for different purposes, and models that turn out to be better than others. Let's analyze counterfactual judgments as the basis for decisions - we'll continue the theme of the first day "what if not ..?". Let's talk about the different system levels and their languages - what to do if they do not coincide with other stakeholders. Learn to move through the levels of the holarchy. Partially we will touch upon the work with the exocortex and modeling in it.
Still unsure about the course?
in the chat you can ask colleagues and teachers questions that interest you and make an informed decision

(if you can't use the link, you can find the chat via the search: @welcomeSSM)

Course is lectured by
Prapion Medvedeva
Philosophical anthropologist, coach of applied rationality, co-founder of the "Kocherga" center.
Prapion teaches ontology and applied rationality: how to make a good decision based on the exact model of the world and then implement it in real life qualitatively.

She likes to understand how people's process of knowing the world as well as process of making and executing decisions is arranged: where exactly can be made relatively small intervention in order to get the best result.

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You really want to but can't be present for the course physically? Then join us online!
Pick type of enrollment on the page that appear after you click on the button "I want to join group".
What's next?
  • take a course on systems thinking and master it with greater ease than if you took it first (and if you have already taken this course, re-read the textbook and subtract a lot from it);
  • take an ontology course to learn more about modeling.
  • engage in ontologization, schematization, logical reasoning for any other work and personal goals, using the whole spectrum of thinking from intuitive to formal; make decisions consciously;
  • do nothing, but knowledge about decision making and Bayesianism will remain with you for life. You can negotiate in situations of uncertainty.
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