Co-operative action research

On Monday I spent an enjoyable evening in London giving a talk to a group of people who are getting themselves together to run a project that aims to study how to “maximise organisational benefit in its use of information”. The project is run out of the Northumbria University School of Computing. What makes this interesting is that it is being run as a  co-operative action research enquiry – which means that each person who takes part has an equal right to shape the direction of the research.

My talk covered what I thought were the three new perspectives I could bring to the research:

  • The ecological growth of Web 2.0 tools
  • The use of cognitive-edge narrative techniques to make sense of and launch the project
  • The sensemaker software approach of utilising narrative fragments instead of information databases and how experts would be better used signifying existing research than writing out of date reports.

The material seemed to go down well and we have a planned anecdote circle and future backwards workshop in early November.


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