Anyone willing to learn knowledge mapping tools?

Is anyone willing to learn to use a dialog mapping tool called Compendium?  Dialog mapping is a tool for investigating areas which are both technically and socially complex (that is, where people have different perspectives and even different definitions of the words used).  They help keep track of and organize problem solving when there are numerous meetings attended by different people.  The maps are computer based, and the visual nature (kind of like mind maps) help keep material organized in a different way from text.

The particular tool I have in mind is free and open-source, and I have used it before.  It’s called Compendium; it’s been around for about 20 years and has been used by government agencies (NASA) and nonprofit organizations in their planning processes.  Development is mainly based at Open University in the UK.

I am not looking for someone to learn this in time for the kick-off meetings, but would like to know if anyone is interested enough to help develop maps to document our discussions – help keep people on the same page, keep us connected to important resources, etc,.

You can learn more about it here:

Compendium Institute (learn about it and download it)

Wicked Problems & Social Complexity Introduction to the theory (not very academic – pretty practical)
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Elisabeth Shields
August 17, 2010


Volunteer to write an account of kick-off meeting

Just what it says.  We would like to have someone identified for each meeting ahead of time.

Saturday, August 21, 10 am, Court House

Thursday, August 26, 7:15 pm, Court House

They would be published here and can be informal.

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Food for kick-off meeting?

If you are willing to provide something to eat or drink for the kick-off meetings, please leave a comment here.

Saturday, August 21, 10 am, Court House
Thursday, August 26, 7:15 pmCourt House