Process Design

I am excited to make a leap from seeing a whole lot of different approaches as all being part of a lager enterprise: Process Design. Each design will have different values on the same list of variables. Each design has its place and purpose. The history of process design would be a bit like the history of architecture.

Great process designers & designs:

Freud – couch

robert’s rules


Restorative justice

Rogers mirror

Moreno – psychodrama stage

Perls – hot seat

Satir – family therapy

Hendrix – couple dialogue. communalogue

Jim Rough – Dynamic Facilitation

World Cafe

Open Space


Online there are various processes with their own design:


web – (a bit like drawings on a wall – perhaps that is the metaphor FaceBook uses?)

Mailing Lists

Hipbone Games

Blogs – and Blogs with comments.




Instant messaging


The science and art of process design – a book i’d like to write!

I have some drafts for this book, but this post renames it from “Varieties of Dialogue”, to “process Design”.

Here is a link to a post by Jim Rough I want to put somewhere, it mat be behind a password. His distinctions made me think of this.

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