The following case studies are from before the start of Talk Shop, but were led by Talk Shop members.
These show the use of discussion kits, used in some Talk Shop events:
- Various scientific topics, 2004 – 2006 – contributing to government policy on over-the-counter genetic testing kits
- Electronic Patient Records, 2008 – 2010 – involving 6,000 people in discussing the issue
- Wee Play, 2014 – a safe space to discuss the Scottish independence referendum
These illustrate the use of preference voting which is a feature of many Talk Shop events:
- The powers of local councils, 2009 – reaching consensus in two hours
- Transition Town Lewes, 2010 – solving a tricky organisational problem in an evening
- AFC Wimbledon, 2010/2011 – showing the board what the fans valued
- Fairtrade Foundation, 2011 – reaching consensus across five events in different regions
- Cafe Crowdwise, 2011 – how should we reform the House of Lords?