Guidelines

Guidelines

a) ASAP’s work will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) which allows open access with attribution.

b) All ASAP outputs and recommendations will focus on the positive and maintain a rough ratio of no more than 1/3 diagnosis / description of the issue at hand, with the remaining 2/3 focused on practical solutions.

c) ASAP’s work will honour and build on the past ⎯ especially acknowledging good work and existing best practices in each subject area under investigation ⎯ but also emphasize that times have changed and demonstrate why this is the right time for the change and why the world is more open and readier than ever to adopt the new structure or policy.

d) ASAP’s work will not water down, or compromise on basic principles or needed changes ⎯ i.e. they can be as radical as they need to be ⎯ but should not unnecessarily antagonize or alienate potential allies, even if these people or organizations have not supported the recommended changes in the past.

e) ASAP contributors will keep the big picture in mind, rather than argue or provoke unnecessary internal division on fine points and on things about which we basically agree but on which there may be minor differences of nuance.

f) ASAP contributors will avoid utopian dreaming and demonstrate the practical viability of each solution proposed, to show how it can realistically work in practice. We recognize, however, that the real utopian view is the belief that the system as it now exists can go on that way.

g) ASAP contributors will keep in mind that we need to satisfy three audiences: (a) an expert audience (which will dismiss our work if it is not carefully referenced, supported by robust factual and statistical evidence, and presented with all the proper credentials), and (b) a policy audience, and (c) all outputs must be appealing and accessible to a much wider audience that will be turned off by an overly academic approach, and whose active support will be needed to make the new development paradigm a reality.

h) Creating real change will depend on such a social movement. Therefore language is important, and it is appropriate to include real life stories, examples, illustrations, and whatever else is needed to appeal to that wider audience.