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Laurie Webster

Story Theming – any Volunteers?

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This is my third post #WorkingOutLoud where I focus on modifying the process of some Cognitive Edge methods. My objectives are better absorption of new material and reduced cognitive overload in an one SenseMaker® workshop with CareOregon.

This past week I thought about story theming: how can we accomplish some pre-workshop activity with participants.

The mind map shown below was my guide for an in-depth conversation with Melissa Anderson. The purple text is what Melissa added. She asked great questions and made me think out loud on particulars. This “rubber ducking” process is a great skill in her tool bag.

story theming mind map

Melissa wrote up a summary of that conversation plus some additional considerations. I reviewed the four possible online whiteboard options and concluded we needed to go with the easiest to use, selecting StormBoard. I also concluded that instructions to participants focus exclusively on what they need to do rather than giving a full contextual overview.

Volunteers?

I need six people to test out how this will work. This will give us two groups of three to test different approaches. Each person will receive ten to twenty stories along with instructions of how to proceed. There will be one live session for each group will work together.

My goal is to run this later in the week (by May 16). We would schedule a live debrief too. Contact me if you are interested (laurie.webster at cognitive-edge.com). I will assess how well I can match up groups based on time zones. And, I will report the results back here.

Story Theming Example

The three images below show you a real example of what criteria was used to select stories and the results of the theming effort.

Cream of crop theming

Cream of crop 2

 

Cream of crop 3

  • Joseph Bradley

    Ms. Webster – did you get your volunteers? and are there results from the exercise? r/Joe

  • Chris Corrigan

    Laurie…this has been my approach for theming world cafe conversations. Lots more on my blog: http://www.chriscorrigan.com/parkinglot/sense-making-in-a-world-cafe/

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  • Edward

    Aren’t mind maps something that existed before Cognitive Edge? Does anyone have any empirical evidence in support of Cognitive Edge methods. I could not find many independent studies of it. It would be great to have links to independent scholarly studies of Cognitive Edge methods.

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