I've been applying the Dragon Dreaming Project Design methodology in my neighborhood's transition initiative, and I just realized how closely it is to the DISC behavior assessment model. AFAIK, this might be the first mention of the connection.

The Dragon Dreaming (DD) stages sequence[image] in the cycle are: Dreaming (Brainstorming-like), Planning, Doing and Celebrating (Result Assessment/Review/Cycle Feedback in MT/CT lingo); repeat. If one inverts the vertical axis in either DISC or DD wheels (standard positions), one can map the quadrants to the equivalents of each other, as so:

  • S :: Dreaming (Awareness, Motivation, Gather Information);
  • C :: Planning (Considering Alternatives, Design a Strategy, Test or Trial Pilot Project);
  • D :: Doing (Implementation, Management and Administration, Monitor Progress);
  • i :: Celebrating (Acquire New Skills, Results for Individuals, Judgement).

The reason, I suspect, this maps the quadrants so closely, is because it maps to the brain's quadrants and how each individual is predisposed to certain patterns of behavior. There is a blog article I found that focuses on this, if you wish to pursue the neurological connection a little further.

I have been using the DISC model since 2006, and it has been extremely useful for more effective communication in all walks of life. Now I also use it to find out, amongst my neighbors, who is better suited for each stage(s) in the DD process. DD, IMHO, is better suited for voluntary-based environments than classical project management methodologies most of you should be familiar with. I haven't yet had the personal experience of applying DD in a profit-driven organization, though I suspect it could do wonders in the appropriate situations. I'd love some feedback, if you have any of that kind of experience.

If you end up as a manager/facilitator in these voluntary sorts of environments/organizations, you lift the "I can fire you" sign on your forehead (very refreshing). DD, though being applied informally in indigenous cultures for centuries, formally in modern civilization it is much more recent than DISC, so you won't find many sources, or even a premium Auzenne & Horstman polished version yet (hint hint ;)).

If you wish for an introduction to DD, I can list some current sources, depending on your preferred content intake medium:

I hope this topic brings out some new insights. BTW, this thread is a follow-up to a previous thread I had started in these forums.