“It is easy to remember Seek > Sense > Share. From there, more detailed representations can be developed, based on experience and reflection, where the core framework is not dependent on me. Over the years, many variations and routines have been developed by others. But the core message remains — seek diverse perspectives, develop personal sensemaking routines, and share where appropriate.”
I also thought about what my Personal Knowledge Mastery looks like as I write down those words.
How do I seek diverse perspectives?
What I value to explore and navigate the knowledge flows. Some habits I have developed over time to nurture my curiosity, and resources I use to do so. What I learn and experiment from sense-makers and curators.
How do I develop personal sensemaking routines?
Blogging helps me a lot to review experiences such as visiting digital art spots and third places, projects, years like 2019, my learning journey, what I wrote and curated, conversations and practices related to a field such as facilitation,
Using white boards and post-its also help me to synthesize research and experience related to future skills development.
Visual synthesis when I review books, add my two cents, and when I make sense of practices. For instance, on trends and foresight, on contributing to the society and multidisciplinarity.
Drawing a network diagram. This is what I did to make sense of what I learn from innovation cultures, my experience, knowledge and reflection.
How do I share where appropriate?
Through Twitter exchanges and just tweets, in person / calls explorations / meetings / workshops, my blog, online communities, emails sometimes.
In a nutshell
Insightful thoughts on sense-making:
“I usually begin with an open-ended inquiry. I liken this to dipping my ladle into an immense river of knowledge that’s flowing by. If I miss something, it’s not a big deal; important stuff comes by more than once. I extract general pointers and patterns from tributaries.”
“The next phase is processing what I’ve found. What happens is refinement, hypothesis-testing, looking for patterns, mapping, conversation and reflecting on ideas and images that are emerging. I generally do my best synthesis while asleep. I plant an idea or just have concepts floating around in my head; overnight the boys in the back room come up with a new way of looking at things. Among the streams that feed this phase of sense-making are.”
“Eventually, I turn from pulling ideas into pushing them out. I share my take on things in conversations, both in person and in social networks. I post definitive thoughts to my learn stream. That generates feedback that enables me to improve things. It’s a virtuous circle.
For me, this cycle of pull-reflect-push is my contribution to the knowledge commons that is the Web. I believe in karma. I give to the Web and the Web gives back. I always receive more than I give. In an organization, I think this process of seeking out and sharing meaning is a responsibility of enlightened social citizenship…” — @jaycross in ‘Making Sense of the World’.
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