Global Sensemaking

Tools for Dialogue and Deliberation on Wicked Problems

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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


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

Drinking the Koolaid: "Light and Love Delusion" as the new jingoism

Micah Sifry quoted this in his post about the IntenseDebate deployment on Change.Gov:

""I just wanted to say thank you for giving us a place to make our thoughts and comment heard. It's about time the government provide a centralized place for citizens to express their opinions where they feel they will be heard." [Emphasis by him there.]

My response to him on… Continue

Added by Ben Tremblay on December 3, 2008 at 6:30 — 2 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

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

Not much of a post, but ...

... this snippet I sent while in conversation with David is something like a snapshot:

To give you a sense of where I'm at on my secondary project (something to start driving some income), this is what I'm welding into the main page of my new MultiUser WordPress theme, the anchor for the "retail" aspect of my project:

1ace-click-scroll-div uses dolphin.js ... but… Continue

Added by Ben Tremblay on November 21, 2008 at 2:30 — 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

Praxis ... can't actualize it without _techne_.

Teche, as Heidegger used the term in this essays on technology.

An example / case in point (Shows how dealing with the concrete conditions ratiocination?):

I know that one of the promised benefits of E2.0 is "emergence" in the sense that it "surfaces" (active verb!) innovative thinking.

That "surfacing" function is, for me, key to a sense-making system. Take a typical good thread in, say, ...… Continue

Added by Ben Tremblay on November 14, 2008 at 21:30 — 2 Comments

A flurry ... perhaps a cluster ... someday, a constellation?

A shoe dropped last night. Perhaps not "the other" shoe, but ...

... in any case I finalized (a good beta?) of my issues list. No, that's wrong. I stopped twiddling with it. Well ... stopped for a while.

But looking at it gave rise to another idea for a site.

So I've deployed WordPress "Multi-User" and brought into… Continue

Added by Ben Tremblay on November 14, 2008 at 18:38 — 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

DeepDebate: Better Decisions through Collective Intelligence

Another player in the field? Basically seems to offer Pro and Con arguments with user-ratings on them, so that the top items float to the top.

Added by Mark Szpakowski on November 13, 2008 at 14:50 — 1 Comment

The natural order of things

I can't think of a single instance where dealing with a task in the field allowed me opportunity to use a deprecated method.

On the other hand I can think of a number of times when someone with superior rank / status / standing made declarations for action that were entirely inappropriate ... and entirely ignored.

At the risk of yet.again being cryptic: the society that doesn't acknowledge the social dynamics of innovation is bound for catastrophe.

Tactic… Continue

Added by Ben Tremblay on November 12, 2008 at 21:00 — 6 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

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

Just Signed Up...

I found out about this community by reading an email about the "Do Good Gauge", a project that member Scott Nesler wrote about. The project interested me, and I found my way here through a link at the bottom of the project page.

Added by Bill Zimmerly on August 7, 2008 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

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