Introduction to knowledge-based decision making (KBDM)

(Excerpts from Delegate’s 2006 WSC Information package…)

In the traditional way of doing business, we tend to deliberate a motion without the understanding of the why behind it that led to the motion. In the traditional way, when we had a discussion it was with an end in mind. For example, a motion was presented – we chose our position whether pro or con and each side would gather evidence to support their particular position – so the discussion always took place with the intended end in mind – either for or against. In other words we operated out of reaction not pro-action. With our knowledge based governance value system, we now enter into a dialogue on a particular subject with an open mind rather than a closed mind. In other words, we engage in “open dialogue before deliberation or decision making”.

Here are some points to remember in considering this new way of thinking and operating:

Knowledge-based Decision-making has four essential elements:

Based on a philosophy of open communication between leadership and membership:

  • Dialogue before deliberation
  • Common access to all information for all involved in making a decision
  • Exists in a culture of trust

How does this relate to the Twelve Concepts of Service?

It is based on the following:

  • Mutual trust
  • Designated authority- traditional and legal
  • Participation
  • Leadership
  • Right of Decision
  • Our spiritual foundation

Why it is a good model?

  • Allows thorough examination of mega issues without an end in mind
  • Who makes the decision becomes far less important than the fact that a good decision is made
  • It is a process for ongoing strategic thinking and strategy development
  • Allows us to develop a reputation for value and nimbleness in carrying the message

What Does This Mean For Al-Anon as a Whole?

  • Recognition as a credible organization
  • A reputation for value
  • A culture built on trust and communication

Questions for Knowledge Based Decision Making

KBDM Question 1: What do we know about our members’ or prospective members’ needs that are relevant to this discussion

KBDM Question 2: What do we know about the resources and our vision for the organization that is relevant to this discussion?

KBDM Question 3: What do we know about the current realities and evolving dynamics of the world and our fellowship that is relevant to this discussion? What are the Pros and Cons?

KBDM Question 4: What are the ethical implications of our choices? In other words, will our decision be consistent with our spiritual principles

KBDM Question 5: What do we wish we knew, but don’t?