This is a quick way of arriving at and visualising joint priorities or rankings.

Each person is given the same number of markers (small adhesive slips or ticks with a marker pen) and distributes them among the alternatives or suggestions the group has already produced. Everyone is free to distribute the markers as they please.

Markers work as a preliminary account of the participants’ positions on an issue, not as a decision or referendum. The whole point is to compare the proposals with each other and mark those that for some reason merit special attention. Marking gives a quick overview of the group’s attitude to an issue, an objective foundation for further work.

Markers make participation as effective as possible. Even the most reserved participants leave their imprint.

See also the application From needs to rights

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