[OT] Mediocre Britain

Keith Clarke keith.clarke at clarkeandclarke.co.uk
Tue Aug 30 13:27:08 EDT 2011

In this  context, IBIS = Issue-Based Information System. 

Compendium is a great general hypertext-based mapping tool - useful for building concept-maps and mind-maps - with the nifty feature of transclusion (define nodes once, use them often across the maps).

It is used by many for dialogue-mapping. In the hands of a good facilitator, this technique can help stakeholders to rise above the emotional 'muck and bullets' of wicked problems, to create shared areas of agreement, revealing the facts, pros and cons of debates.

If this forum was the place to debate (with the power to resolve) education system design options - rather than a means to vent OT frustrations amongst friends(!) dialogue-mapping could be used help to distill out the real dimensions of the wicked problem(s) involved. That could enable areas of agreement to be defined - together with clearly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty for further work. 

The nature of wicked problems means that their always a work-in-progress - which doesn't sit well with every kind of people - which is, in itself, another wicked problem!


On 30 Aug 2011, at 16:38, James Little <littlejamesw at mac.com> wrote:

> Keith,
> Thanks for the info on "Wicked" problems and Compendium.  What is "IBIS" in this context?  

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