Global Sensemaking

Tools for Dialogue and Deliberation on Wicked Problems

Developing the toolkit...


Developing the toolkit...

A space to draw together group discussion about: (1) the appropriate technical platform for the development of Global Sensemaking project; (2) how we enable data to flow between existing tools; and (3) the shape of the tools to come.

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Latest Activity: Feb 22, 2014

What's the best technical platform for the development of the group?

As an experiment to help give the discussion around this issue more structure, I have seeded the debate map below with some of the potential options open to us as a group.

Let's see if we can flesh out the pros and cons of the different platforms, and layer in any additional issues arising...

Note: To edit the map below you'll need to register / log-in first (via the Participate button). Once you are logged-in you can open the map either by returning to this page and clicking the View Live button or by searching for the map via the Find map tab on the Debategraph home page). We are in the process of simplifying the log-in loop at the moment, and I will provide an update on this soon.

Discussion Forum

Starting to play with a slightly different UI for structured conversations

Migrating to a new platform based on Scala, I am testing some new ideas on conversation tree navigation. The test site is here. The source…Continue

Tags: source, open, conversation, structured, IBIS

Started by Jack Park Oct 14, 2011.

Features and functionality of a global-scalable, collaborative, deliberative, asysnchronous discourse system 19 Replies

Would it be possible to start a pre-specification list of all the features and functions we think would be necessary for a comprehensive sense-making tool? I have studied concepts in effective…Continue

Started by George E. Mobus. Last reply by Mark Aakhus Jun 17, 2008.

Enabling Sensemaking via Social Networking Sockets 7 Replies

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…Continue

Tags: social, graph, distributed, connect, friend

Started by Mark Szpakowski. Last reply by Jack Park May 24, 2008.

Comment Wall

Comment by Andy Streich on May 19, 2008 at 20:10
I registered and logged-in but the "edit" menu is still grayed out when I look at the debate map. Does someone have to give me "editing" permission?
Comment by David Price on May 20, 2008 at 2:08
Hi Andy,

If you log-in again now, you should have editing access to all maps (without requiring further permission). I suspect from your description, that your previous "guest viewing session" was still live in your browser after you completed the registration loop. We'll work on the code now to eliminate the appearance of this ambiguous signal in the future.

As we are planning to release a substantially updated version of Debategraph on Wednesday this week, you might prefer to wait for the new version to be uploaded before working on the map again (to keep the learning curve a simple as possible).

Comment by Andy Streich on May 20, 2008 at 7:46
Hi David,

Sent you an email with details on my DebateGraph experience. (Seemed like too much info to put here.)

Looks like a good concept. I'm eager to experiment some more after you've had a chance to bug fix. Also happy to help with testing as time allows.
Comment by Jack Park on May 20, 2008 at 19:14
Finally figured out how to use DebateGraph. It's not hard at all so long as you ignore the control panel at the right and just read the prompts! Not happy with the character limit; just when I get on a roll explaining something, it starts flashing a warning at me.
Comment by Jack Park on May 20, 2008 at 19:17
This just in: all my changes were transmitted to the map properly. In the DebateGraph window, my additions are displayed. When I refresh this page, my changes do not appear. Something's missing...
Comment by Mark Szpakowski on May 20, 2008 at 20:44
Looks like the image referenced by the iFrame here needs to be re-generated (?).

BTW, this is a very good example of how Friend Connect enabling Debategraph and using a Ning Gadget could allow any user of this group to use Debategraph without having to create a new userid, etc. (That's the theory, at least)
Comment by Jack Park on May 20, 2008 at 21:04
Looks like it finally refreshed.
Mark, please run through a scenario using Friend Connect.
Comment by Mark Szpakowski on May 21, 2008 at 19:30
Hmm, I entered some nodes into Debategraph yesterday, but they seem to have disappeared (not visible either here or on Debategraph itself)... :-(
Comment by Mark Szpakowski on May 21, 2008 at 19:30
Jack, maybe it's time to start a Discussion, although scratching on the wall is fun...
Comment by David Price on May 21, 2008 at 23:39

Many thanks for the Friend Connect suggestion—it looks very promising—and sorry to read that the nodes you added yesterday are not visible at the moment. Can you expand on what happened briefly in an email and I'll see if I can figure out what happened.

The application has been very stable in this respect across the last 18 months; however, it's possible that the current live update—which we are mid-stream in at the moment, and which is changing the edit button functionality—may be a factor here.

It would be helpful, for example, from a diagnostic perspective to know (if you can remember) if the regular confirmation message was displayed after you transmitted the new nodes)?


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