Tag - sensemaking

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Complexity, Computing, Contemplation, Learning?
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Webcast: mapping ideas in an enquiry

Complexity, Computing, Contemplation, Learning?

Beyond conscious rationality All of my work has been around harnessing the digital world to get us to go beyond the surface and think more deeply. Up till now this has been largely focused on rational modes of thinking, inquiry and sensemaking — hence all the stuff on argumentation, dialogue/debate mapping and hypermedia. However, we are more than rational beings, and we know an increasing amount about the central role of the unconscious in dealing creatively with complex dilemmas that seem not to yield to conscious effort. I’ve touched on this a bit but it’s certainly been second fiddle adding harmonies to the primary melody. For instance, having been profoundly impressed, and moved, by Adam Kahane’s conflict resolution work (Solving[…]

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Webcast: mapping ideas in an enquiry

As part of The Open University’s doctoral training programme, which we’re opening increasingly to the world as open educational resources, here’s the webcast and multimedia resources from my keynote at last week’s Research Methods conference. The Cloudscape from this event, which was live-blogged, is itself a great resource to mine (see also the Research Skills clouds). It was fun putting this together, and I squeezed in as many movies and live demos as possible from the projects we’ve done with Compendium to illustrate how far Vannevar Bush’s original 1945 conception of the Memex has come (widely regarded as conceiving hypertexts, such as the Web), and how far a particular visual hypermedia tool with a very simple notation (IBIS) for mapping[…]

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