Global Sensemaking

Tools for Dialogue and Deliberation on Wicked Problems

Jack Park's Blog – May 2008 Archive (11)

Fork in the road for social media

From the readwrite web blog:

"Social networking is at a major fork in the road. Down one road is adding more features to a walled garden and opening up just enough, so that users seldom need to leave. Most sites are going down this yellow brick road and the prize is clearly a big one. But they may end up back in Kansas. Down the other road, lies a future of being the primary repository for… Continue

Added by Jack Park on May 29, 2008 at 16:20 — 5 Comments


A dashboard, in Web parlance, could be an entire portal or just some widget on any page. The purpose of a dashboard is to provide contextually related information, something like "just-in-time" information. One of the Google ads on this website happens to provide a nifty dashboard, albeit useful only in the U.S. It's a map of the states that responds to clicks on various states. A click gets you a display of the percentages of that… Continue

Added by Jack Park on May 24, 2008 at 16:00 — No Comments

Insight from a stroke

I believe there exists an important relationship between the message in this TED video and global sensemaking activities.

Added by Jack Park on May 23, 2008 at 18:21 — 3 Comments

Seasteading: Ocean Colonies

Wired has an article related to seasteading, complete with a link to an online 300-page book on the subject. A quick glance at the book suggests it might be organized in such a fashion that it could be the target of issue mapping exercises from which a number of important issues related to the larger global sensemaking… Continue

Added by Jack Park on May 22, 2008 at 15:57 — 13 Comments

Working environment for virtual teams

I'll report on the Motu project here. I discovered it while searching for open source TreeMap projects. Found one here, and it's used in the Motu project. Here's what the Motu site says (I wish the blockquote tag would work):

"The Motu system allows a virtual team to share data supporting in the mean time awareness. It appears to be a tool such as BSCW, TeamScope or SourceForge. It includes an… Continue

Added by Jack Park on May 22, 2008 at 0:45 — No Comments

Footprint Calculator

"Global Footprint Network is pleased to announce a new Ecological Footprint Calculator! Currently we have calculators available for the U.S. and Australia, with more countries being added all the time. Click on one of these countries below to help see how your living habits relate to your use of the planet's resources."

Adding a bit more:… Continue

Added by Jack Park on May 14, 2008 at 21:00 — No Comments

Collaboration and virtual worlds

A comment at the end of this business week article pointed to this page. The comment said "Cardinal Rule: Process precedes technology."

Added by Jack Park on May 11, 2008 at 17:19 — 4 Comments

Entity Name System

Bernard Vatant posted this link at It's a link to a pdf about OKKAM, the equivalent of a topic map that lets you look up URIs of things. It makes the same points I have been making about the use of URIs as identifiers (aka "names") for things: there is no central way at present to either control the distribution of URIs (anybody can make them up as needed, thus the potential to have the same… Continue

Added by Jack Park on May 10, 2008 at 15:05 — No Comments

Yochai Benkler talk online

"Cooperation, Human Systems Design, and Peer Production" is in a teleconference starting now at ontolog. Slides are online now. mp3 of the talk will be available later.

Added by Jack Park on May 8, 2008 at 18:26 — No Comments

Visual Conversations

Bill Daul sent this message to his NextNow tribe:

Howard Rheingold twitted this item. It looks like a potentially great tool (or at least completely different) to use in a variety of potential ways...check it out!

Here is a sample conversation where "visual conversation" norms are discussed. Click on any… Continue

Added by Jack Park on May 8, 2008 at 15:17 — 3 Comments




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