Global Sensemaking

Tools for Dialogue and Deliberation on Wicked Problems

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Making Sense of Copenhagen?

During the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, The Independent newspaper is using Debategraph as a new kind of global citizen reporting tool to help people around the world make sense collectively of what's happening and not happening at the UN conference.

The process builds on The Independent’s existing cluster of… Continue

Added by David Price on December 9, 2009 at 15:48 — No Comments

One Wicked Problem, Multiple Tools

Hi folks,

I'm interested in collaborating with tool providers here on this list to see what we can do with these 1100 raw opinions about American health care and health care reform. The opinions are available under a Creative Commons Attribution, Share Alike license.

These opinions were collected… Continue

Added by Lucas Cioffi on September 30, 2009 at 15:30 — 3 Comments



I'm pleased to now be a part of GlobalSensemaking. For over 30 years I've largely worked where the rubber hits the road and people aren't communicating well or even living well, as in race relations and low-income neighborhoods, or where people are working to set little patches of wicked things right, as in ecological restoration sites, politics or dispute resolution. I've lived largely outside of web-based communication and dialogue networks as I worked in these mostly… Continue

Added by Lynne Johnson on June 16, 2009 at 20:46 — 2 Comments

COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace

Version 4 of this entire book in PDF form is online here. It's 648 pages long (6+mb download).

Added by Jack Park on May 27, 2009 at 17:05 — No Comments

Required (strongly suggested) Reading

Have a read of this:
Joshua Cooper Ramo (2009) The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the new world disorder constantly surprises us and what we can do about it. Little, Brown and Company.

Added by Jack Park on May 15, 2009 at 16:21 — No Comments

New photos

Not sure if you'll see the link I just put as a comment to a previous post, so adding it again here.

New photos here.


Added by Al Selvin on April 19, 2009 at 22:43 — No Comments

Book "Information Must Be Designed"

The book manuscript I have just finished writing may be of interest:

  • The question "What should the creation and use of information be like to be conducive to sensemaking?" is answered in terms of a methodology, comprising principles, criteria, methods and applications.
  • A case is made for a (academic) practice where instead of automatically following the methods and interests of a discipline, we aim to respond to the contemporary needs of people and…

Added by Dino Karabeg on April 2, 2009 at 10:26 — No Comments

ESSENCE: E-Science/Sensemaking/Climate Change

Hi everyone,

We've been busy building the website for ESSENCE: E-Science/Sensemaking/Climate Change:

We're fast approaching the stage where we will approach external groups of stakeholders to invite them to try out our sensemaking tools. The website is not yet being publicly announced with any fanfare until we have populated it with more examples and partners.

So, we… Continue

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on November 10, 2008 at 19:00 — 1 Comment


Hi all,

There are some photos of NYC-area meetups at


Added by Al Selvin on January 20, 2009 at 17:32 — 2 Comments

Open For Questions - A Critique of Idea Sharing Sites

President-elect Obama’s web site has a page (“open for questions” ) where people can submit and vote on questions, and where he promised to answer the top 5 questions in each category. Apparently a journalist encouraged readers to vote for one of the questions (on appointing a special prosecutor to look at Bush’s… Continue

Added by Mark Klein on January 14, 2009 at 21:00 — No Comments

Species of sensemaking

Some may be interested in these posts on the specific kind of practitioner sensemaking we are researching.


Added by Al Selvin on December 17, 2008 at 18:45 — No Comments

What should Obama do Next?

In the build up to Obama’s inauguration on 20th January 2009 and across the new administration's first 100 days, Debategraph has teamed up with The Independent newsapaper in the UK to give the world a chance to map and think through what Obama should do next.… Continue

Added by David Price on November 17, 2008 at 23:30 — 17 Comments

Early Compendium

Hi all,

Some might be interested in a series of posts tracing Compendium's early history. There are connections to some of the themes discussed in the Philosophical aspects of sensemaking and operational definitions thread, which I'm just now belatedly reading.

The series starts here.


Added by Al Selvin on November 25, 2008 at 13:55 — No Comments


Pierre Lévy posted a bookmark at Twine to WikiScience. From that page, we find this description:

WikiScience is devoted to mass collaboration and the use of Science and ingenuity to address the problems of desertification and the effects of global climate change. It is meant to provide a canvas to enable both scientists and Citizen Scientists alike to work…

Added by Jack Park on November 13, 2008 at 15:50 — 4 Comments

Embarassment of Riches (two senses of) [updated]

*Originally posted 29NOV08; 12:30PM PST*

When I started doing web-work I was already long familiar with how tech_doc types just don't rate. (Brutally frank, but simply so.)

Because of that I felt somewhat self-conscious publishing yet more ... a couple of thousand hits per month year after year isn't nothing, but it ain't no A-list!

That said, a dozen years later ... old habits die hard. Having just now re-visited an MIT wiki that carries on, brick by brick, I… Continue

Added by Ben Tremblay on December 3, 2008 at 0:30 — 3 Comments

Sensemaking 'vs' Learning

As part of thinking through our SocialLearn platform for socially-based, informal and formal learning, I am pondering the overlaps and differences between sensemaking and learning, in theory and practice. In my view, SL as a platform designed to connect learners with each other via common learning goals, interoperable with many Web 2.0 tools, could be a potential GSm platform for analysts and subject matter experts… Continue

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on July 10, 2008 at 21:00 — 16 Comments

IEML semantic space presented at the World Knowledge Dialogue

The proposition of a new semantic addressing layer for cyberspace.

- Watch the video:

- Download the ppt presentation:

Added by Lévy Pierre on September 13, 2008 at 20:00 — No Comments




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