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Tapping into the right brain through sensemaking

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 10, 2006
Filed in Communication

In January, I described Communities of Practice as ‘the right brain of the organisation’, and Shawn recently posted about the role of sensemaking in creating new knowledge.  During the recent international symposium on meaning making in organisations held at the ANU, the group I was working with identified a list of additional approaches that take a sensemaking approach and help organisations tap into their right brain capabilities. I have added to the list since the symposium, and am sure there are many more that can be added:

  • Narrative techniques, including story telling, business narrative and Most Significant Change
  • SNA sensemaking
  • Open Space Technology
  • Lessons Learning approaches including concepts such as alternative histories
  • Appreciative Inquiry (although is may also be not sensemaking in that the negative is effectively out of scope)
  • Clean Space / Socio-Drama
  • Prediction / Value Markets
  • Complex Systems Model (Ralph Stacey)
  • Syntegrity Protocols (Stafford Beer)
  • Dialogue (David Bohm)
  • Clean language
  • Delphi Techniques
  • Social dreaming

What other approaches take a sensemaking (rather than analytical) approach and help organisations get more value from their right brains?

Mark Schenk About  Mark Schenk

Mark works globally with senior leadership teams to improve their ability to communicate clearly and memorably. He has been a Director of Anecdote since 2004 and helped the company grow into one of the world’s leading business storytelling consultancies. Connect with Mark on:

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