Progress Live Demonstration - Channel 4 The Audience - Series 1 Episode 3 Live Blog
THE AUDIENCE LIVE BLOG - SEPTEMBER 27th
I'll be writing updates in blue This dilemma turned out into something a bit different - however hope this entry is still useful in that it shows steps that would be taken in a normal decision
Tonight is the third episode of Channel 4's Reality decision-making show, The Audience.
So far we know this:
The Audience meet Anthony Powell, a 28-year-old office worker from Liverpool. He needs help to make the biggest decision of his life: whether to quit his job and go travelling.
At first, his dilemma appears simple, but as the group of 50 strangers get to know Anthony they unearth a deeper story from his past about his upbringing and the grief he endured when he was younger.
The Audience force Anthony to confront the heart of the issue - the loss of his parents - and talk openly about it for the first time in his life.
And for The Audience, it brings out hidden emotions and forces some of them to reflect deeply on their own lives.
Tonight we are going to do something that we've never tried before. We are going to do a live demonstration of Progress, the wise decision making procedure, but with a twist.
Usually when using Progress I am in the same room as the person who is wrestling with the decision, or sometimes we are on the other end of Skype lines. Either way, I can ask them questions.
Tonight I won't be able to do any of this, because the decision-maker is Anthony from the Audience. As we hear his story tonight from 900pm on Channel 4, I will be writing a Progress report on his dilemma, and in addition identifying the questions I would like to ask him.
You will be able to follow this live by having this post up on your browser and hitting F5 for refresh. I will also be posting my thoughts on twitter - follow @timlebon to see these.
I look forward to tonight's programme...
WISE DECISION-MAKING THROUGH PROGRESS
This procedure integrates
insights and methods from philosophy and psychology to help you find a solution
to your decision which satisfies as much as possible of what matters. You work
through the following 5 stages, writing down your answers in this template as
you go along
Understanding the Situation and Framing the
Understanding what matters
Searching for Options
Choosing the Best Option
Implementing the Decision.
For a relatively
simple decision, you can do this in maybe an hour or less on your own. More
complex decisions will require more time and possibly someone to bounce ideas
off and facilitate the process.
1) UNDERSTANDING THE SITUATION AND THE DECISION
a) Initial overview
What is the decision you would like to work on?
Anthony needs help to make the biggest decision of his life: whether to quit his job and go travelling.
Name some options that you’ve already thought of.
1. stay in job
2. quit job and go travelling
What have you been doing regarding the decision so far? Please indicate whether
you’ve done any or all of the following
about the decision.
If you do this, for roughly how many minutes
to other people about the problem.
If you do this, what has been the effect of
If so, what have you discovered so far?
not to think about it..
If so, what do you do (drinking, taking
drugs, smoking, immersing yourself in work or some other activity are some
things people do so avoid thinking about a decision)
a decision but then changing my mind
If this has happened to you, what has made
you change your mind?
there any other things you are doing (helpful or otherwise) to help you cope
with your situation?
iv) Briefly write down your situation, as if
you were describing it very briefly for someone who didn’t know the situation
1. 28 year old office worker from Liverpool
2. Parents died when he was 7 and 13, moved in with grandparents until he was 18
3.he has a steady girlfriend
4.has mates and enjoys football. Lives with brothers, goes on holiday with them. Never went abroad
5.wants to go to South East Asia
6.doesnt know what he would do when he gets back
7.hasnt talked in depth with his brothers about it, thinks they would support him *******************************************************************the next 2 are Audience speculation rather than hard facts
8.has a bare house - does he feel empty? (The Audience speculation!)
9. More Audience speculation/ and interpretation - has he not dealt with losses and may be running away???
10. travelling has been a dream all his life (according to friend) 11 may be not travelling because of money (according to friend) 12 Before Xmas when he was 7, mum had a bug and went to hospital. Brothers were kept away. He thought she getting better, but dad came home and told him his mum had died - didnt believe it at first 13 dad drank a lot after mum died - dad died unexpectedly again 14 thinks a lot about the deaths (rumination?) 15 Anthony hasn't really processed the grief from his losses fully
b) Making sense of
It’s really important to pay
attention to your heart as well as the head. Emotions can confuse us or overwhelm us, but
they can also help us to understand what matters to us. For example, when you
feel excitement at the prospect of
meeting a friend, this makes sense because you anticipate enjoying your
friend’s company, and your excitement tells you that you value that friendship.
So in this example your emotion helps you understand what matters to you. At
other times, however, emotions can lead us astray. For example, after a row
with your partner you may tell yourself that he or she does not really love
you, when the evidence suggests the contrary, and your anger is biasing you
against this evidence. By looking calmly at the emotions relating to your
decision and their context it is possible to understand emotions better,
deciding whether to take note of , or try to transform, emotions and their
do you feel about the situation, what is the emotion about and how strongly do you feel it?
c) What do your emotions tell you about what
(look back at your work on the emotions in part 1)
d)Looking ahead in one year, 5 years and
from the perspective of sitting in your rocking chair near the end of your life,
what do you think might be most important about this decision?
1 years time
5 years time
End of my lifetime
it’s helpful to take a step back away from this decision and think about what
matters to you in life in general.
i)Forgetting about this decision for a moment, what
matters to you in life?
statement will usually consist of a list of values (e.g. happiness, flow)
Examples of such statements are-
·Love, acceptance and the freedom to be who you want to be without
·Kindness and honesty; independent thought and tolerance towards
·Find something you enjoy doing; like your life depended on
it. And having the opportunity to do it.
ii) Often a series of
thought experiments and questions can throw further light on our values. Here are some questions that may help you
develop your view of what matters to you most in life.
1.Who do you admire/envy?
What does your answer tell you about your values?
2.Who do you feel is missing out?
What does this answer tell you about your values?
3.Describe your perfect day (this doesn’t have to have been
an actual day)
What does your answer tell you about your values?
4.Looking back from
the end of your life in your
“rocking chair”, how would you have likedto liveit?
What does this answer tell you about your
Is this decision at all relevant to you satisfying
any of these important values in your life?
about the other parties involved (if any)
Write down the names of other parties involved, and their interests and rights
relating to this situation.
Does this list suggest other things that matter to you in this situation (for
example duties you might have, or objectives you might consider)
down your objectives that now appear to matter most.
them from 10 (most important) to 0 (least important) Rating (0-10)
3) SEARCHING FOR OPTIONS
Looking at the options you wrote down in stage 1, and what matters most from
stage 2, start to brainstorm possible solutions. At this stage, don’t veto
options on grounds of quality, just say aloud and write down ideas that spring
to mind. Then write down some of the ideas that seem most promising.
1. finish current job and then go travelling (brother's suggestion)
2.go travelling with girlfriend
3.go travelling on own
4.stay in current job
5. move in with girlfriend, do some travelling with her
there any new options that perhaps combine existing options and hence satisfy
more of what matters?
4) CHOOSING THE BEST
some of the most promising options and record them in the first column below.
each option, put a tick if in a grid if it fulfils each objective, a cross if
you are not sure whether it fulfils the objective, try to estimate the
probability of it fulfilling it.
further information do you need before you can be more sure? How can you find
you need to try some things out? If so, how can you do this?
playing devil’s advocate about your preferred option. What could go wrong? How
could you find out whether these concerns are to be taken seriously? What can
you do to mitigate them?
you are having difficulty estimating a probability, do your best to make a
rough guess as this will be more useful than saying you are completely
the option which satisfies most of the important objectives.
5) IMPLEMENTING THE
When is the best time to implement this decision?
If you are having problems implementing this decision now, ask yourself
What is the cost of delaying a decision?
are you feeling now, and how can you make sense of these emotions?
Is there something you can do to move in the direction of a decision
Once you about to implement the
decision, ask yourself
follow-up activities would help this solution work?
What obstacles might hinder carrying out the solution?