I have asked this question repeatedly over the month of my journey in politics. I am distinguishing two kinds of misunderstanding. One is easy to address and the second much harder.
There is the classic misunderstanding. When things you say are just plain unclear. Either you use an unusual term or you develop an idea that requires further explanation. I dealing with these misunderstandings quite easily. It suffices to take a little time and to use plain English.
I have more difficulty to solve the second type of misunderstanding. I call it the « why? » type. Many people fail to understand why we should designate a moderator using sortition. Originally, I was asking to the coin thrower to give a number of thumbs up and a minimal time before a coin can be flip again. People were saying: « I don’t understand, what should I do? ». But even when I was saying that they simply need to give a time and a number, they could not do it. This was not a problem of classic comprehension because my 8 years old nephew could perfectly understand (I am proud of him but he is a casual 8 years old child). The misunderstanding was much deeper. The purpose of the rule was obscure to convince people I had to explain the rational behind these rules. Sometimes it was even worse, people were not asking any questions… I don’t know yet how to deal with such misunderstandings apart from letting people experience the sortition of a moderator. But I can start to explain why the time and why the thumbs up.
The number of thumbs up question was to test and find the optimal number of thumbs and to have a scalable number (depending on the group size). The minimal time was there to guarantee that the moderator had time to do their job. But it is better to not ask anything and to let people discover the ideas behind these rules by practicing. For that you need to ask nothing to the thrower (or to nobody). The number of thumbs up now scale with the group size -one third of people need to thumbs up. There are many practical reasons behind this rule (why 1/3 and not 2/3? why a fraction?), my favorite one is that it doesn’t raise question. I also discovered that there is no need for a minimal time: people generally behave themselves and let the moderator do their job for a minimal time before overthrowing them.
Thank you for reading! If you have a suggestion on how to solve the misunderstanding problem of it you had similar experiences share them in the comment section below.