To Winfinity and beyond!




Winfinity is a concept that embodies the main advantages of the Dialogic Method.

The Dialogic Method aims to create solutions that go beyond the traditional win-win situations that most partnerships look for, because two-party interactions are our default way of solving problems. But in practical life – for example, a dispute in a public market over where vendors can set up their businesses – the three major players are samaaj (society), sarkaar (government), and bazaar (business). This gave rise to the concept of win-win-win solutions, where all three major players can collaborate to create a system where all three get what they need.

Whenever people think of win-win-win situations, people usually tend to put the community or society win as a last, almost aspirational goal. This goal is viewed as an incidental by-product, which is useful if it exists, but which few solutions strive for. However, this needs to change, because a win-win-win is a triumvirate, not a vertical aspiration where certain wins (either sarkaar or bazaar) are more acceptable than others (samaaj). Within the contexts of lived-in realities, every conflict has a community impact, since it is housed within a social system. Therefore, it should make more sense to transform that conflict in such a way that the community aspect benefits from the solution as much as the governance or business aspects.

But when multiple parties with several perspectives bring in their own value additions and information towards a common solution, not only the dual state win-win scenario, but the triple state win-win-win may also be obsolete.

This is where the concept of Winfinity arises. Winfinity takes the win-win-win another step further to envision solutions that provide wins for all stakeholders. There are as many wins as there are stakeholders. But that’s not all. There are several layers to what Winfinity represents. 

One idea of Winfinity is what was just discussed – solutions that offer wins to every stakeholder. A secondary aspect of this is that solutions emerging from an application of the Dialogic Method are long-lasting, perhaps even infinitely lasting, giving the term ‘Winfinity’ another element to its multifaceted usage.

A third dimension of Winfinity lies in how the Dialogic Method can be used over and over and over again in an infinite number of ways, as an agnostic tool to avoid escalating conflicts and find solutions. At some point of time, resorting to the Dialogic Method to diffuse any dissonance becomes an instinctual reaction.

The fourth facet of Winfinity comes from how it can be self-propagating. It delivers wins to those who use it an infinite number of times to tackle conflicts, and who pass it on to others in an infinitely expanding ripple. Using the Dialogic Method requires no extreme specialisation – only a willingness to practice it in any situation until it becomes second nature to apply it when confronted with a problem. Therefore, Winfinity not only applies to one person, because they apply the Dialogic Method again and again, but also because they seed the idea of dialogue in others. This creates a wave that keeps spreading outwards to infinity, propagating itself like a ‘contagious’ vaccine