Establishing Consensus


Pain Spot Map

The Sociolution platform blends artificial intelligence with human intelligence and weighted community voting in order to drive and/or promote consensus, particularly in areas of societal importance such as, for example, the global economy, environmental issues, the global energy crisis, global health policies, population control and wealth distribution.


Pain Spot Map

The key elements of our approach are to...

  • Meticulously dissect the topic of dissent into a hierarchical structure of elements that are suitable for community voting.
  • Identify any possible relations between the resulting, rateable elements, taking all sides into consideration.
  • Identify the pain spots1.
  • Encourage an open debate on the topic, free of bias to every humanly possible extent.
  • Let the community voting take its course.

1 An element is identified as a pain spot by examining the product of the overall significance score of the element and the controversiality score of the element. Example: In the climate change debate, the question of what is the primary cause of global warming is a very good example of a pain spot. Is it primarily a result of the greenhouse effect or is it primarily caused by fluctuating solar radiation? It is a very significant question (read: element). It it is also of a very controversial nature. We classify this as a high significance-controversiality pain spot.

Establishing Consensus


1. Select the Key Topic

Example: Climate Change

2. Assess the Societal Significance

At this stage in the process we determine the actual impact the selected topic - or the dissent associated with it - has on Society.

3. Set the Objective(s)

An objective is a clear, concise and brief description of a goal that is to be reached. Example: Establish common ground in the climate change debate.

4. Analyse and Dissect the Topic

This step concerns itself with dissecting the topic into smaller, highly specific, unambiguous elements; rateable elements.

5. Identify Initial Pain Spots

The pain spots of a topic are questions/statements around which there is significant dissent. The initial pain spots are identified by creating a Pain Spot Map. The pain spots are revised and adjusted after the debate has been launched.

6. Launch the Debate

This involves publishing the objectives and rateable elements ("faqtrons") that were created in step 3 & 4.

7. Direct the Debate

Once the debate (read: objective(s)) has been launched, it needs a minimal amount of intervention in the form of monitoring and moderating the activity of the userbase. This may also involve posting informative news items and articles.

8. Community Voting

At this stage the scene is set for the userbase to rate the individual elements that were created in steps 3 & 4. Users will be able to rate each element based on several different criteria.

9. Add New Elements

New elements may be added and existing elements may be modified or split up into smaller, more rateable elements.

10. Identify Relations

Relations need to be created between new and existing elements.

11. Adjust the Pain Spots

The sole purpose of the process is to attack the pain spots of the topic, turning sources of dissent into common ground on which new common ground can be established.

Weathering the Storms of Dissent


Throughout the consensus-driving assessment and rating process, Sociolution promotes rational thinking, unencumbered by cognitive and political biases, providing tools that allow contributors & users to visualise their own thought processes as well as those of other groups or individuals.

The end-game is to establish consensus and bridge the gap between opposing sides where conventional methods have proved to be unsuccessful. This is achieved by continuously and systematically seeking to find common ground on which new common ground can be established.

The highly structured and goal-oriented nature of the platform ensures that, once common ground has been established, it remains solid until the colllective consensus changes, either in the form of new ratings or as a result of existing ratings undergoing revision by its contributors.