How we approach our work

We create the framework in which we can midwife the collective response to wicked problems. In approaching this task, we can start with an article of faith:

  • All wicked problems consist of (often loosely coupled) agents embedded in the world of that wicked problem. Such as: Citizens, businesses, public utilities and politicians who inhabit a city. Farmers, animals and customers who are embedded in the food system. 

Socratus midwifes the collective wisdom of these agents by designing spaces and flows (roughly, workshops and projects) that help evoke, align and aggregate that wisdom. We are currently engaged in two kinds of collaborations with our partners: 

Wicked Sprints
Consulting Assignments

Wicked Sprints

A Wicked Sprint is an intense four to six -day collaborative process specially designed to elicit collective wisdom. It requires people who hold different viewpoints and analyses to go beyond debating each other and engage in a deeper exercise of understanding and perhaps questioning of assumptions. 

Consulting Assignments

We undertake consulting assignments which align with our larger purpose of enabling a flourishing and sustainable India. We worked with a Social Investment Fund, part of a global philanthropic organization working in more than 100 countries, to scope investment capital opportunities to strengthen the social justice ecosystem in India. Given the desired characteristics of investments, we identified innovative models that were investable. Generating alignment between different teams in the organization led to a significant commitment to India by the Fund.