Global Sensemaking

Tools for Dialogue and Deliberation on Wicked Problems

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Cohere beta2 screencasts

We're building a new collection of screencasts introducing the new release. All of them, including large format hi-res versions (recommended for viewing pleasure!) are linked from the Cohere screencasts page, which also point to low-res versions on our YouTube channel.

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on July 31, 2008 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Cohere Dev GoogleGrp launched

We've just set up a group for Cohere dev talk:

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on July 31, 2008 at 9:30 — No Comments

Evidence-Based Dialogue Mapping (of climate change) for Teenagers

Just posted a new article reporting work we did last summer... "following great work last year by Ale Okada teaching teenagers on a science summer school to map their reasoning about climate change impact (using our Compendium tool), the article below summarises where we’ve got…"

Okada, A. and Buckingham Shum, S. (2008, In Press). Evidence-Based Dialogue Maps as a Research Tool to… Continue

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on July 18, 2008 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Cohere semantic annotation Firefox Plugin

Just posted this...

"The social web is about sharing ideas. Cohere makes Ideas a first class object: something you can point to as a URL, embed in another page, link to semantically (you make up the semantics: is an example of… is analogous to… refutes… predicts…), classify (theory/method/data/politician/supernatural phenomenon…), visualize its connections, share, agree with, build on,… Continue

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on July 16, 2008 at 14:43 — 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

Michael Wesh and the Future of Education

I wrote a blog entry at the wiki that talks about a one-hour video podcast that I strongly recommend viewing. Wesh covers aspects of sensemaking, albeit in a learning environment, HCI, online games, and much more. My opinion is that his work is highly appropriate to sensemaking research. More information can be found here.

Added by Jack Park on July 7, 2008 at 22:26 — 1 Comment

Global Sensemaking in 3D the ears of my ears awake and now the eyes of my eyes are opened

e.e. cummings, XAIPE, 65

I returned to Somerset on Tuesday from a memorable journey to New York for the Personal Democracy Forum conference and Berkeley for the… Continue

Added by David Price on July 4, 2008 at 23:00 — 4 Comments

Ker-ALARM, a mulitmedia interface on Biodiversity

Ker-ALARM “Biodiversity Europe” is an interactive on-line deliberation support tool (DST) for discovery and analysis of the biodiversity challenges facing public policy makers, the business world, scientists and civil society.

Allying science and stakeholder dialogue processes for risk governance, Ker-ALARM introduces visitors to state-of-the-art integrated environmental assessment and participatory evaluation practices.

Participate, via the Deliberation Matrix (The Cube), in a… Continue

Added by DOUGUET Jean-Marc on June 27, 2008 at 21:08 — No Comments


The VIRTUALIS Project uses interactive multimedia technologies for the initiation of interested users to environmental risks and governance challenges. The focus of the project is not the production of information but rather the "mediation of knowledge" - facilitating the learning by non-specialist members of society. VIRTUALIS has therefore produced a suite of products with a pedagogic mission. The multimedia creations permit the user to learn through progressive discovery of virtual worlds… Continue

Added by DOUGUET Jean-Marc on June 27, 2008 at 21:04 — No Comments

Dealing with Uncertainty in a post-normal science perspective

In relation to policy, "the environment" is particularly challenging. It includes masses of detail concerning many particular issues, which require separate analysis and management. At the same time, there are broad strategic issues, which should guide regulatory work, such as those connected with "sustainability". Nothing can be managed in a convenient isolation; issues are mutually implicated; problems extend across many scale levels of space and time; and uncertainties and value-loadings of… Continue

Added by DOUGUET Jean-Marc on June 27, 2008 at 21:00 — No Comments


The KERDST is an on-line tool, developed with ‘Open Source’ conventions, offering to users a multi-stakeholder multi-criteria deliberation framework that can be applied to any situation of choice or debate.

The construction of a multi-stakeholder multi-criteria deliberation framework involves the mobilisation of two main types of information, descriptive and normative. These are the requirements for:

1. REPRESENTING THE SITUATION (or, more generally, the set of situations considered… Continue

Added by DOUGUET Jean-Marc on June 27, 2008 at 20:57 — No Comments

Video Interviews with Mark Klein about the MIT Climate Collaboratorium

Mark was interviewed recently by Dave Witzel, who, among other roles, is a Visiting Senior Program Associate at the Center for Global Development [and now a new member of].

Dave has posted two sections from the interview on… Continue

Added by David Price on June 19, 2008 at 0:00 — No Comments

DIAC demo paper

Here's the demo that Anna is going to give at DIAC this month:

De Liddo, A. and Buckingham Shum, S. (2008). Knowledge Media Tools for Capturing Deliberation in Participatory Spatial Planning. Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing: Conference on Online Deliberation. June 26-29, 2008, Berkeley,


[Preprint:… Continue

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on June 3, 2008 at 17:30 — No Comments

Open Archives Initiative: Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE)

Possibly an important new standard for referring to a meaningful collection of material called a Resource Map... I note the interest in helping Web 2.0 apps to reference these, though not had time to figure out what they mean by this...

From the primer: "The ORE Model makes it possible to associate identities with aggregations of web resources and to describe their structure and semantics. It does this by introducing the… Continue

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on June 3, 2008 at 10:30 — No Comments

What does a Sensemaking API look like?

In the SocialLearn project here at the OU [fledgling site], we are developing an API for "Social Learning"... think Google's OpenSocial, but tailored for learning in social networks.

This is all under wraps at present, but we might ask what does it mean to create a sensemaking API? Is this really the same as a learning API, which might allow you to share learning objectives via Twitter, Facebook and SN-tool XYZ?

Or is… Continue

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on June 3, 2008 at 9:00 — 5 Comments

Meedan (meeting place)

Meedan is the Arabic word for 'meeting place' or 'town square'.

It's also a startup. From a bio of Ed Bice:

"Ed is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and lead designer of Me[e]dan, a non-profit working to create a cross-language (initially Arabic/English) media sharing and dialogue platform due to release Jan 2008. In this role he has led Me[e]dan’s research partnership with IBM and… Continue

Added by Jack Park on June 2, 2008 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

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

Bringing order to online discussions about climate change

A nice introduction to the MIT+Naples activity in Nature...

Bringing order to online discussions about climate change

Added by Simon Buckingham Shum on May 29, 2008 at 15:24 — 3 Comments

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