rotana ty curation sensemaking knowledge management arts

rotana ty curation sensemaking knowledge management arts

Photo courtesy of Bernado Ricci Armani

In March 2013, I visited the exposition Soleil Froid [Cold Sun] at the Palais of Tokyo in Paris. The photo above makes me think of our pattern recognition and sense-making abilities and practices.

How do you make sense of the world in an hyper-connected world? Hopefully you can explore and learn some insights and sense-making practices of truly inspirational people who are already practicing them.

Are you an information & curation DJ?

“Be an Information DJ like @socialbrain Be a curation DJ like @blogbrevity#ideachat

But it is not so easy to do. It takes work, time, skills and resources. Beth Kanter wrote:

“Content curation takes focus and discipline — being “ brains on.”

I think that it is a mindset to develop in our hyper-connected world. Artful content curation is deeply linked with our unique sense-making ability.

What is sense-making?

“Sense-making is the ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what’s being expressed — and in a world with so much information, it is a critical workplace skill.” — Beth Kanter

How do you really make sense of the world? It is all about recognizing patterns.

Becoming & being an insight patternist

In 2010, Maria Popova shared her wisdom, artful practices and lessons learned based on her own trials and experiences in two interviews on her sense-making practices.

“Great curation is about pattern-recognition seeing various pieces of culture and spotting similarities across them that paint a cohesive picture of a larger trend.”

She also said that:

“looking for patterns across different disciplines, different formats, different time periods — I think patterns are fundamental to the human brain and to how we make sense of the world.”

So it is worthwhile to dive into key mindset, attitude and unique ways to add value to the world. What are the key elements for the work of a curator?

“To be an effective curator, you need to have the eye of an editor, a sense of taste like a chef, and your own unique Point of View.” — Angela Dunn

Looking for inspirations of insight patternists

But how to start? Who are the people who are already doing these sense-making practices on an high level? Who are the connected and modern sommeliers and which emergent practices do they develop?

Do you curate macro and micro like Jennifer Sertl? Here is what she shared and tweeted during our fun and fast #ideachat on collective learning when we talked about curation:

“here are 2 ways I try to curate macro/micro & #ideachat” — @JenniferSertl

Be inspired and learn from the learning curve and practices of Jennifer Sertl for your own practices and learning curves.

There are other truly inspirational people who are also curating the curators. Beth Kanter is curating the curators. Joyce Seitzinger is also paying attention to the practices, shares and conversations of the ‘Curation Explorers’.

In these constant knowledge flows, are you willing to jump in, become and be a deep water swimmer? But do you know how to swim?

Starting with attention, focus & mindfulness

In a blog post Cameron Norman asked:

“Do we have the systems — organizations and personal — that allow us to take the time and soak this in, share our ideas with others, and be mindful of the world around us enough to learn, not just consume?”

This question made me think a lot when I sometimes revisited this thoughtful post. Why? Our critical thinking and sense-making are deeply linked to our mindfulness, attention skills and social tools usages.

But how do get on with these first key literacies? How does one develop mastery in the digital age?

Connecting & engaging with sense-makers

“Now I understand the scope and importance of curation. This is performance support for knowledge acquisition.” — Jay Cross

He pretty much nailed it!

Last, but not least, I also keep in mind to engage with truly inspirational sense-makers who are sharing generously and discussing on gems because they are gemologists of signals and conversations on the web.

So are you connected to sense-makers? Are you willing to preserve, archive and curate knowledge in a new way?

@rotanarotana: In the abundant knowledge flows of this digital infrastructure we curate connections [+ conversations] and learn socially as a collective.” — @ddrrnt #curation #ci

Knowledge flows captured and shared freely, disappear like steam, if not saved. — @rotanarotana

Just start with values and by curating interests, try, find out. Start with why. Ask yourself what are your intents and how they create value as @rossdawson asks. And let serendipity do its magic! Serendipity abounds.

“The process of curation — wonderful post by @rotanarotana” — Bernadette Keefe @nxtstop1Consultant, Curator & Blogger, Social Media in healthcare


“Tips on being an “insight patternist”. Love this post by @rotanarotana#curation#activatemylearning” — Helen Blunden @ActivateLearn, Consultant, Activate Learning Solutions


“One of the best curated offering I have seen on the net.” — Dibyendu De, Director (Technical) at MVS ACMEI Technology Pvt Ltd & Director at Reliability Management Consultant Pvt. Ltd


“@rotanarotana: A fabulous post on the importance of connected, cross-disciplinary sense-makers. Thank you!” — Anne-Marie Rattray @smartco, Founder of The Smart Work Company Ltd


“Exceptional curation & synthesis via your exploration of the edges.” — Daniel R. Durrant @ddrrnt, ‎Sales Strategist at ‎Imagination International


“Save & savor: Curation on curation²: an evolution in sense-making cultivated by @rotanarotana” — Jennifer Sertl @JenniferSertl, Founder & President of Agility3R

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