Global Sensemaking

Tools for Dialogue and Deliberation on Wicked Problems

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You know me from Twine (, now redirected to Or not.

Dear ladies and gentlemen sensemakers,

I've mentioned this website/social network/whatever in that "meshwork" (see the link above). I am a blogger and former Twine member. I believe that blogging and online brainstorming can increase a person's IQ for a point or two.

Added by Aleksandar Malecic on September 25, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

The Future History of Individualism (Pt.1)

This my latest entry in the Polytopia Project in which I begin to explore the manner the concepts of individuality and individualism are changing.
please read it here:
The Future History of Individualism (Pt.1)

Added by Wildcat on August 29, 2010 at 10:58 — No Comments

ODET 2010: Online Deliberation Emerging Tools workshop

I ran a workshop last week in Leeds prior to the Online Deliberation conference.

Screencasts and slides showing the current state of some of the leading computer-supported deliberation/argumentation tools, plus dialogue maps from the discussions and major challenges that we identified:… Continue

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on July 8, 2010 at 10:10 — No Comments

Knowledge Federation 2010 - A strategy to implement global sensemaking

How will astute sensemaking tools and practices leave the circle of specialists and have the intended impact on conventional practice? While several members of this community are successfully working on this agenda, by evolving suitable social organization in journalism, science and education, including new media and practices, we can make a significant step forward.

Please join us at Second…

Added by Dino Karabeg on May 8, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

Knowmads as metabolic reactors of information (Hybrid Future and Knowmads (pt 3)

Latest entry in the Polytopia project: Knowmads as metabolic reactors of information (Hybrid Future and Knowmads (pt 3)

this represents pt6 in the The rise of the Cyber Unified Civilization series of posts

Thoughts and comments much appreciated

(as an aside, an… Continue

Added by Wildcat on April 26, 2010 at 18:05 — 1 Comment

Hybrid futures, Knowmads and the Notion state Project: Polytopia or The rise of the Cyber Unified Civilization (part 4)

this is my latest entry on the Polytopia project, in which I explore the Knowmadic state:
Hybrid futures, Knowmads and the Notion state
Project: Polytopia
or The rise of the Cyber Unified Civilization (part 4)

Added by Wildcat on March 31, 2010 at 13:40 — No Comments

What to do?

Hello everyone!

I am a student at Interaction Design, and I was planning to develop ideas for argument representation / debating tool as a master's…

Added by Guilhem Gantois on March 10, 2010 at 15:14 — 4 Comments

IBIS meets MediaWiki

As part of a much larger open source collective intelligence platform, an IBIS extension has been created for MediaWiki. The development website for it is found here. What you can navigate at this time starts from an index of conversations. Each conversation has its own home page with an explanation (motivation) for the conversation followed by any responses, which, typically, are issues raised. That format is similar… Continue

Added by Jack Park on March 7, 2010 at 17:11 — 2 Comments

Compendium concept demo: emergency response

The EPSRC-funded Advanced Knowledge Technologies Consortium ran 2000-06. The final demonstrator of all the technologies coming together centred on an emergency response scenario. Compendium served as the sensemaking hub around an aircraft crash on London, envisioning how a response coordination team might use Compendium overlaid on a GIS, to keep track of events and actions, in concert with a diverse set of AKT semantic web services.

I’ve just got… Continue

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on February 9, 2010 at 21:59 — No Comments

Contested Collective Intelligence

Anna De Liddo and I will be presenting this concept to the CI workshop at CSCW 2010 next month...

De Liddo , A. and Buckingham Shum, S. (2010). Cohere: A Prototype for Contested Collective Intelligence. Workshop on Collective Intelligence in Organizations: Toward a Research Agenda, ACM Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2010), February 6-10, 2010, Savannah, Georgia, USA. Available as ePrint:… Continue

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on January 26, 2010 at 16:48 — No Comments

Mozilla extension adds web annotation to Cohere

Some of you may be interested to play with the new release of our Mozilla extension for Cohere, which adds highlighting and annotation to Firefox/Flock, but with the addition of more reflective, sensemaking elements:

* Clips are highlighted text fragments (and in future video hopefully) to provide more precise link anchors and to direct visual attention

* margin notes are in fact what we call Ideas, first… Continue

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on January 17, 2010 at 18:42 — No Comments

Tuning back in...

Folks I've been off on a rather different though connected planet for the last 12 months, seconded out of my usual role to direct an 'under the radar' project called SocialLearn here at Open U. GlobalSensemaking and ESSENCE got rather put on ice for me, so apols for not being around much or being unresponsive. We're now coming out from our 'cloaked' status and starting to blog about what we've been up to, which was, and… Continue

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on January 17, 2010 at 18:29 — No Comments

A Cyber Soaring Humanity-or The rise of the Cyber Unified Civilization

This is my latest entry in the Polytopia project and the first for 2010:
A Cyber Soaring Humanity - or The rise of the Cyber Unified Civilization

if you have a moment pls read it, would love to hear your comments

Added by Wildcat on January 3, 2010 at 12:42 — 2 Comments

Bloomer: Open Source for Collective Intelligence

The Millennium Project just announced the Global Climate Change Situation Room. The project entails numerous activities, one of which is a collective intelligence platform prototype. I am calling that project Bloomer.

The project includes a Federation… Continue

Added by Jack Park on December 12, 2009 at 22:13 — No Comments

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

ESSENCE and the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

During COP15 you can keep track of, and participate, in the various GSm ESSENCE sensemaking projects via the links below:

The MIT Climate Collaboratorium team

The Open University Cohere COP15 team

The Copenhagen Summit map… Continue

Added by David Price on December 9, 2009 at 15:47 — 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

SenseMaker Dialogs Registration Opens

Registration opens for SenseMaker Dialogs, a new speaker series focused on exploring the rapidly changing hybrid activity of SenseMaking in the 21st century.

Event is Thursday, August 13, 2009
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (ET) in New York.

Series Originators & Organizers: Humantific
Facility Sponsor: Parsons The School of Design Strategies


Go here to buy your tickets.

Added by GK VanPatter on August 6, 2009 at 18:54 — 1 Comment



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

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