About our Services

At Ponder, we believe that to effectively grapple with 21st Century challenges, we need the ability to think strategically, analytically, creatively and critically about complex issues.

We’ve compiled a collection of practical techniques that help when problem-solving and policy and strategy design is complex.  We call it 20 Questions for Complex Problem-Solving and Policy & Strategy Design (and practical techniques to help answer them).  You can see a summary on the 20Q page. We share them in our workshop and seminar series.

We can also help you to apply the techniques to the specific issues you are grappling with, through our consulting and facilitation services, and commissioned reports.

Seminars and Workshops

Practical techniques for policy and strategy design and contemporary thinking

Essential skills for everyone who designs, contributes to, influences, critiques, is accountable for, or wants to be informed about policy or strategy of any kind:

Seminar Series 1:  Policy & Strategy Design

Our seminar series 20 Questions for Policy & Strategy Design (and practical techniques to help answer them) takes you through 20 essential elements of strategy and policy design that help you to: build a deeper understanding of problems and why they are occurring; to use analytical and creative ways to find clever courses of action to achieve outcomes; to design and think-through the strategies to minimise unintended consequences and maximise the intended outcomes; to understand and explain to others how and why you think the strategy will work; and, to deal with uncertainty and contested political contexts

Seminar Series 2: Thinking Styles

  • Strategic thinking
  • Systems thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical thinking
  • Futures thinking
  • Design thinking
  • Behavioural insights
  • Engaging others

Visit the 20Q page for an overview of the 20 Questions, or download the flyer (below) for more information.

Consulting and Facilitation

Make more progress on the complex challenge you are grappling with

How We Can Help

We can spend a day or longer with your team, to prompt different ways of thinking, to reveal new insights, to bring structure to ‘mess’ and to plan a way forward by:

  • guiding you through the 20 Questions for policy and strategy design, in the context of your project to help you:
    • build a deeper understanding of the situation you are grappling with
    • find clever courses of action to achieve the outcomes you want
    • rigorously think through ideas
    • understand and explain to others how and why you think the strategy will work
    • adapt the strategy to things that change to and to what you learn along the way about what works and what doesn’t
  • running a ‘kick-off’ day for your project or task that sets the scene for a strategic, analytical, creative and critical approach for your project;
  • facilitating meetings or workshops with a range of stakeholders;
  • running workshops on any or all of the 20 Questions for policy and strategy design
  • reviewing and making suggestions about strategies, documents or other deliverables at relevant points throughout your project
  • or, whatever is most useful for your team.

Contact us for more information.

Commissioned Reports

Know more about what matters most to you

Ideas & Insights

Commissioning a Ponder report gives you an in-depth, thought-through explanation and exploration of an issue that’s important to you. We undertake thorough research and analysis to:

  • build a deeper understanding of the issue and the dynamics behind why it is occurring
  • use analytical and creative thinking techniques to think about problems and solutions from different angles to identify new ways of achieving outcomes
  • understand the range of stakeholder perspectives and the reasons for them
  • think-through potential changes to identify possible implications and trade-offs
  • design a policy logic and evidence-based policy approach for understanding how and why a course of action might work
  • suggest how to build-in resilience and readiness for uncertain futures

Download the flyer below or contact us for further information.

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