This thinking design empowers people by providing a highly disciplined process, using natural thinking processes, to approach any situation, problem, event or change. It is often described, not as one of the tools in a toolbox, but as the toolbox itself in which every other tool fits. It takes any group on a journey of exploration of the situation and the group itself and leads to resolve and commitment to make something happen. Four-level ORID thinking allows any group to actually think together effectively. When it is explicitly understood by an individual it provides an armour against manipulation and also leads to breakthrough insights about how the group and each individual in the group actually operates.
This is used to give effective structure to conversations, retreats, planning, charrettes, workflows, symposia, think tanks, conferences, and tools of all other sorts.