SDDP with teachers and -training institutes to develop goals and structure for MDG materials to be produced

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SDDP Internal Workshop to develop a Common Framework for MDG Report
SDDP Internal Workshop to develop a Common Framework for MDG Report
Report Title Internal Workshop to develop a Common Framework for MDG
Project TeachMDGs
Triggering Question What goals should MDG resources satisfy to meet the requirements of TeachMDGs project?
Dates 08 - 11 July 2010
Author(s) Yiannis Laouris
Mary Ioannou
Editor(s) Yiannis Laouris
Statistics Participants=33
Number of ideas=65
Number of Clusters=21
Ideas received Votes=46
Ideas on MAP R=17
Spreathink ST=68%
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Executive Summary

The report documents the results of an SDDP workshop organized by Future Worlds Center 08 - 11 July 2010 in an attemp to create a vision map for the development of goals and structure of MDG materials to be produced. The SDDP co-Laboratory was organized using the structured dialogic design process (SDDP) approach within the context of a rich web-based communication environment. The workshop was facilitated by Yiannis Laouris and Mrs. Mary Ioannou and it was attended by 33 participants from 6 countries.

Generation and Clarification

During the first session of the co-laboratory, the participants engaged in a structured dialogue focusing on the following triggering question:

What goals should MDG resources satisfy to meet the requirements of TeachMDGs project?

The goals were clarified in the plenary session, thus enabling participants o achieve a better understanding of the views of other members of the Consortium as well as to greatly expand their own horizon regarding the breadth and depth of issues which need to be taken into account.

Amend Clusters

In response to the TQ, the 33 participants came up with 65 characteristics, which were categorized in the following clusters:

  1. Guidelines for Resources
  2. Effecting Attitudinal Change
  3. Southern Perspectives
  4. Inspiring Tools
  5. Data
  6. Actions
  7. Curriculum
  8. Critical Thinking
  9. Specific Solutions
  10. Educators
  11. Not Only Children
  12. NGO’s

The descriptors were clustered in an interactive manner, thus providing opportunities for further and deeper clarifications of salient distinctions between separate ideas.


After having generated, clarified, and clustered the obstacles, each participant chose five factors that they thought were the most important. The voting results were used to select factors for the subsequent structuring phase to identify inter-relations among the generated factors. The votes were widely spread among most of the descriptors.

Influence MAP

Following the voting process, 46 ideas received one or more votes and were structured to create the influence MAP shown below.

MAP for the Internal Workshop to develop a Common Framework for MDG.
Influence tree from the SDDP Internal Workshop to develop a Common Framework for MDG.

According to the participants of this workshop, the descriptors which appear to be the most influential were:

  • Descriptor# 50 Integrate MDGs into curricular and educational concepts (like knowledge about social and economic development and development of skills, values and attitudes)
  • Descriptor#33 Resources that give teachers the tools and methodologies to teach using MDGs
  • Descriptor#45 School staff should be enabled to apply the developed resources in daily school life
  • Descriptor#22 To encourage children to think critically about the MDGs
  • Descriptor#18 MDG resources should focus on global phenomena as those are experienced and witnessed at local level

The highly complex ‘influence map’ consists of four different levels of influence. Descriptors at the bottom are considered to be the most influential. Making progress or achieving results in the bottom descriptors makes it a lot easier to address those that lie higher in the map. In summary, almost all participants approved that the following goals are the most influential and agreed that further actions must address these root causes satisfactorily.


The coordinating organization of this project is the Future Worlds Center (Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute). The project’s partner organizations are:

The associates of the project team are:


Name Country
Yordanka Andreeva Bulgaria
Adriana Baytcheva Bulgaria
Stanka Samokovska Bulgaria
Liuba Batembergska Bulgaria
Rumyan Sechkov Bulgaria
Marin Ivanov Bulgaria
Susan McIntosh Scotland
Isabel Ross Scotland
Laimute Zukauskiene Lithuania
Irena Urbstiene Lithuania
Kerstin Wittig Cyprus
Nicolina Markidou Cyprus
Yiannis Laouris Cyprus
Mary Ioannou Cyprus
Maria Loizou Cyprus
Stella Gavriel Cyprus
Iliana Siaili Cyprus
Huseyin Yaratan Cyprus
Nihat Ekizoglu Cyprus
Ayten Sururi Cyprus
Mari Kinks Estonia
Maari Ross Estonia
Marje Pihlak Estonia
Kai Kitsing Estonia
Birgit Tammjõe Estonia
Paul Senosi Estonia
Kaarel Haav Estonia
Erika Sari Estonia
Charles John Cardoso Estonia
Arian Sarwiri Afghanistan
Mohammed Samir Afghanistan


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