Solution Mapping is a methodology that seeks to support joint learning by obtaining information and analyzing patterns. This collaborative component using open methodologies can be supported by platforms to centralize and deliver the content.

Examples depending on the application

Participatory and open science

Knowledge is a useful tool not only for people with technical skills to develop their work, but also to develop work models in which all interested parties are aware and participate; this implies the transformation of authority structures towards their democratization. [1]

An example of this is the work of participatory science. This refers to the involvement of the public in the practice of science. Although in many areas this practice is limited to the participation of volunteers in collecting relevant data in a study, the existence of open knowledge tools allow greater participation in governance processes to define what problems to solve and the best ways to do it. , with the support of people with research skills.

Example case: Public Lab

Public Lab is an organization focused on the development and use of open source tools for participatory science in the topics of environmental monitoring and sustainability. Its platform (called Plots ) serves for the publication of knowledge products related to scientific activities, design and community management. He uses "research notes" to manage his work.

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Research notes are not rigorous academic articles, but writings that allow the development of an idea, theoretical perspective or a research methodology. This is an example of a research note on the Public Lab platform .

These new research models have much to gain and learn from sharing values ​​with participatory development practices, such as those proposed by Solution Mapping, and vice versa.

Books and educational materials

A major challenge in developing new solutions is communicating concepts to people new to the subject. Knowledge products of this type fulfill many of the requirements of open educational resources : the ability to reuse, retain, revise, remix, and redistribute materials; all this with the aim of transmitting knowledge in educational environments.

Case Example: To Catch The Sun

To Catch the Sun is a book published by Lonny Grafman and Joshua Pearce with information and examples related to developing solar energy solutions. The material shown in the book has been selected and edited from documentation on existingphotovoltaic installation projects in Appropedia.

In this way, the documentation has been prepared for new audiences with the aim of inspiring and teaching on how to install a system for obtaining solar energy.

Technical documentation

Una práctica muy común en el desarrollo internacional es la diseminación de tecnologías para su implementación en nuevos contextos. Este tipo de productos de conocimiento se enfoca en la entrega de conocimiento adecuado a equipos técnicos para resolver preguntas relacionadas al cómo construir o dar mantenimiento a soluciones en contextos de desarrollo.


  1. Powell, A. (2016). Hacking in the public interest: Authority, legitimacy, means, and ends. New Media & Society, 18(4), 600–616.

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