Digressive Approach Template
This template is to help you think about any project you might have to promote pluralism, make it truly critical and respectful of individual freedom.
What lack of choice in people’s lives would you like to address with your project?
Explain why offering that choice is important.
What is at the origin of this lack of choice?
How would you characterise what's causing this lack of choice?
It's a constraint that makes some choices impossible in life.
It’s a constraint that entirely determines one's existence.
It’s an ideological alienation: the incapacity for someone to conceive his or her own freedom.
It is the absence of a public forum: a place where people can express their views and find out about the choices on offer.
Can you elaborate on this characterization?
Does it offer some advantages?
The root cause might allow for a number of individual choices exceeding the ones that it prevents. For instance, mandatory health check-ups is a constraint that is limiting people's freedom, but it arguably offers people more choices by increasing their lifespan.
How do you plan to tackle the root cause?
Conciliation is recommended when the constraint cannot be dismantled, or is considered to offer overall more individual choices than its dismantling.
By the creation of alternatives, either commercial or of other types.
By the promotion of a conciliatory environment in which all parties agree to soften the alienating nature of the constraint.
Explain how your project will either promote alternatives or conciliation.
Free will can’t be achieved by imposing one’s views. Explain how your project will promote pluralism without imposing any personal view.
Not too sure how to apply the digressive approach?
Please go to the Plural think tank website to see examples:
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