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Quick Voting is a tool used by designers to rapidly get the majority’s view. Designers use Post-it or a marker such as a Dot to select the ideas they like or see the value. This process allows every member to have an equal say in choosing from the listed ideas.

PREPARATION: up to 15 minutes
DURATION: 30 minutes
FACILITATORS: 1 per workshop
RESOURCES: Ideas in cards/Post-it, Pens, Post-its, Dot stickers, a large sheet of paper or whiteboard
PARTICIPANTS: Up to 30 per group, design team, partners, community members
EXPECTED OUTCOME: Filtering ideas


State the selected “How Might We” statement or a sub-focus area of it.

Based on your HMW statement or the focus of what you are interested in, define the criteria and select the suitable participants.

Organize a meeting with the selected participants, and prepare the results of the idea generation by printing out the full list of ideas in cards or Post-its (visual way). Gather the necessary resources and supplies. Think about what expectations will be set up-front, how you will start and end the workshop, and how much time participants are expected to dedicate to this activity.

Use all the collected ideas, categorize them and display them on a table or wall. Now is time to narrow them down by selecting the most valuable ideas/solutions. This is done by each participant voting with a Dot. Each participant receives 3-4 votes to use.

Calculate the votes and the ideas with most points are taken further in the design process. Discuss the results and write up the key outcomes from this exercise.

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