This taxonomy matrix is offered as a platform to aid the practitioners in designing and conducting colaboratories of democracy. We recognize that each application is unique and will require appropriate accomodations, but the Archetypes provide a good starting point in terms of discussions with the sponsor and converging on such questions as framing the triggering question, agreeing on time horizon and deliverables of the project, and the like. For an elaboration of the different Archtypes it is advisable to read the descriptions and examples provided in:

This taxonomy is primarily based on 20 years of applications in the Arena with clients of CWA Ltd ( The primary criterion for determining the appropriate Archetype for an application is the determination by the Dialogue Design Team (DDT) of the intentionality of the sponsor/client.