About the Workshop
Fresh insights are discovered and refined through the brainstorming and challenging generally accepted assumptions. The goal of the Atocha Workshop is to bring together diverse opinions and backgrounds to develop viable policy initiatives. The Atocha Workshop is not about consensus, as each participant is asked to shape and strengthen their own policy opinions.
Participants will be asked to shape creative policy ideas in the context of 12 topics that will be posed to everyone in two Creative Debate Sessions (each participant will participate in 2 Creative Debate Sessions, each dealing with a different topic.) A policy is a plan or course of action by a government, political party, institution, organization, or business, intended to influence and determine decisions, actions, and other matters.
120 participants will engage in two Creative Debate sessions, each in roundtable groups of 10-11 people. Each roundtable group will be presented with a question relating to global terrorism, and the participant’s task will be to create innovative policy initiatives that deal with the issue.
The objective during each Creative Debate session is to devise creative and innovative policy proposals. Towards the end of each session, the moderator will compile a list of the members seeking to present their idea to the public in the Policy Forum. This list will be collected at the end of each Creative Debate session by a Safe Democracy representative.
Structure of the Creative Debates
At each table there will be 9-10 participants (including a moderator) and one blogger. Once seated, the session will begin with a simple 1 minute introduction. After introductions, members will select a moderator from within the group. The structure and components within each group will include the following:
Role during Creative Debate: Ensure that each conversation is structured, dynamic and outcome driven; Encourage and facilitate brainstorming so that creative, achievable polices are developed; Help foster diversity of opinion and not just consensus; Offer their own ideas and conclusions.
Role after each Creative Debate Session: At the end of each session, identify individuals that want to present their policy idea in the Policy Forum to follow, and give their name and a brief summary of their idea to a Safe Democracy Foundation representative.
Role during Creative Debate: Communicate original ideas and views into actionable policy proposals; Seek to avoid ‘group think’ by defining and expanding on individual perspectives.