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Laurie Webster

Story Theming - any Volunteers?

May 12, 2014  ·  Narrative, SenseMaker®

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...

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Improving Cognitive Absorption

May 9, 2014  ·  Narrative, SenseMaker®

As I mentioned in my last post, I am #WorkingOutLoud on how and when I introduce story data and related Cognitive Edge methods to my client, CareOregon.

The overall objective is to improve sense-making and follow-up actions for the CareOregon June workshop we* will run. [* I am running this project with the assistance of another consultant, Melissa Anderson and my two primary CareOregon contacts, Nancy and Jaclyn.] Since I live on the US east coast and Oregon is on the west coast, the pre-workshop activities will be...

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Working Out Loud

May 4, 2014  ·  Narrative, SenseMaker®

Sharing what I do is a big part of why I work. When I started with Cognitive Edge, setting up online courses related to SenseMaker® was one way to share in a structured manner, While I have written a few blog posts, each one was painful as I strived for maybe too much perfection.

I work on many SenseMaker® projects. Each one is a learning experience. In my mind, the reason to capture people's stories and gain insights is it leads to more informed actions. It takes a lot of thought and collaborative effort to create a Signification...

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Why I like waking up in the morning

October 24, 2012  ·  SenseMaker®, Data visualisation, Reflections

Since joining Cognitive Edge in 2010, I have found great professional satisfaction in helping our clients recognize problems and make decisions about moving forward. At a more personal level, I have enjoyed greatly the behind-the-scenes aspects of the research and analysis -- setting up data collection, analyzing diverse sets of results, and finding novel ways to present outcomes, both numerically and visually. This has included becoming expert in the use of the SenseMaker® software and also finding complementary tools that expand...

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Narrative Research’s Top 10 List

July 24, 2012  · 

It's about time we have a top ten list about narrative research. This is in the spirit of David Letterman, a late night talk show host here in the U.S.


10. Narrative research doesn't eliminate leadership errors - you can have great insights, but you still need to act on them - remember safe-to-fail!

9. Narrative research means you can and should still leverage social data. What else is being said out there that could give you more insights?

8. Narrative research requires new tools and technology (SenseMaker) - and don't...

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