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Anna Panagiotou
  We are now at the stage where we start to dig into the patterns and ask what they might be telling us.  Let’s start by looking at two triads that look at possibility and responsibility, involving similar factors from different angles. The first triad is more positively-oriented; it is an expectation of good things […]
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valdiskrebs
It is funny, when we think about networks, we think about groups, communities, systems, and other complex collections of interacting entities. Yet, the most popular social network metrics are "individual centralities"! Who is the most connected? Who is the best connected? Who is the hub? Who is the influencer? Who spans the most structural holes […]
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Anna Panagiotou
Before going into the meat of this section, let’s talk about triads and dyads a little bit, and the representation of patterns on them, so people know what they are looking at. A warning that this post is a bit longer than I intend to make them, partially because of this additional section in the […]
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Anna Panagiotou
Almost every SenseMaker collection, no matter what it is, contains some garden-variety multiple-choice questions. These may appear simple, but they can often be deceptively tricky. They depend on multiple things, such as which categories are significant to our question (for example, might the patterns associated with children’s stories be different to those of adults?), or […]
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Anna Panagiotou
This has been a year of experimentation in many things, including the report format. SenseMaker, despite its use for near-real-time feedback loops and continuous monitoring, is also often used in limited-time, one-off projects which are then followed by a report on that specific run, following a range of formats. More often than not, this report […]
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Anna Panagiotou
It is 2021, and many of us don’t know quite what that entails. Most were very glad to see the back of 2020, and many colourful, expletive-filled goodbyes were said. As this happened, I and many others reminded ourselves that 2021 will be just as difficult, if not even more demanding. What a moment then […]
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Anna Panagiotou
I have been thinking a lot about climate change during the COVID-19 times (and so have many many many others). Two things have struck many among us, and have repeatedly been brought up in discussions I have been a part of. The first main theme has been “nature returning”: clearer skies, cleaner waters (or in […]
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Marion Kiely
The location of the Cynefin Retreat about Narrative in Organisations (Ireland, 18-21 March 2019) is specially chosen for its unique landscape and naturally rugged beauty. This is so as to facilitate learning, sense-making, the blending of art and science, and also to loosen constraints on the imagination with a view to releasing artistic creativity and ‘joining […]
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Tony Quinlan
In December 2012, I flew to Bratislava with Dave Snowden where we met with a roomful of smart, enthusiastic UNDPers (led by the redoubtable Milica Begovic) for a two-day event based around SenseMaker®.  In two days, we moved from an introduction to narrative and self-signification to identifying half a dozen projects and then to developing […]
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