Here's one part of a solution: enable each Sensemaking tool with Friend Connect (Friend Connect is here used somewhat generically - Facebook Connect, for example, might be a powerful tool to use as well) capable APIs or widgets, so that the following use cases might be enabled:
- a Sensemaking tool allows the members of an existing group of practitioners on some site to use the tool as a group. Ie, the group's social network information is used to auto-setup the login and permissions for using the tool.
- a practitioners' site sucks in a dynamic representation of a Sensemaking tool's work output (into a page or widget on its own site)
- a practitioners' site allows a Sensemaking tool (and its users) access to data on the practitioners' site.
I'm using the term practitioner to refer to a target user of Sensemaking tools, such as a climate scientist, a policy maker, an advisor, a strategist, a publicist, an artist, etc.
The basic idea is to take a distributed and networked approach to the idea of platform. Let the Sensemaking tool makers focus on making and offering the best tools, while providing them with connectivity sockets so that the people who could make best use of them do so with the least friction, and keep on using the discussion and other tools they already have.