[OT] Mediocre Britain

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Tue Aug 30 16:47:11 EDT 2011

Looks like a toolbox full of tools that specialize in opening locked boxes, one of the tools being the key that unlocks that particular box. That key, in this analogy, is the willingness of all those involved to change their minds if they have to, in order to get to the bottom of things. Bar that, and none of the other tools will work very well. Given that, any number of other tools might help. 

A great man once said, "Virtually all of mankind's ills can be traced back to the human trait of being unwilling or unable to say, "I might be mistaken." Wait, I said that!!


On Aug 30, 2011, at 10:27 AM, Keith Clarke wrote:

> 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!
> Best,
> Keith..
> 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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