Actor network

Purpose

The purpose of the actor network is to gain an overview over all the actors that might be influenced or can influence a project and why, as well as how they are interconnected with other actors.  It is a great tool to have in the back of the mind for when determining who to include in a creative process and when.  

Accomodate participants who are not able to:

Make sure to have a partner that can do the writing, or use a software that has text to speech abilities.

 

Increase or reduce the time for brainstorming dependent on the type of focusing limitations

 

Make sure to have a partner to spar with and can do the writing or use a software that can be controlled with other means than hand gestures.

 

Increase or reduce the time for brainstorming dependent on the type of thinking limitations

 

Make sure to have a partner to spar with and can do the writing or use a software that can be controlled with other means than hand gestures.

 

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Input

A project theme
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Output

Overview of actors
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Complexity

Simple

Time

30-60min

No. of participants

1-3

Activity required

Core abilities: - Writing - Communication

Step by Step

 

1 Start by writing down the core of your project 4 (10 min) Cluster the actors into themes/backgrounds/profession/how they influence/how they are influenced etc. (a cluster can also be just one type of actor)
2 (3min) Brainstorm over who and what could be influenced by a potential solution – an actor can both be a specific person, a type, non human objects, information etc. 5 (10 min) Connect the clusters by how they are interconnected.
3 (3min) Brainstorm over who and what could influence a potential solution 6 Repeat as necessary

When doing this method you should consider

This method can also be performed like a mindmap where you do the connecting immediately.
Update the Actor network as you go on in the project.

Materials needed

Post-its
Template

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