How do you tell the story of a complex, emergent experience?
It’s a question I’m pondered for years as I’ve hosted numerous gathering using Open Space Technology, a process which supports people to self-organize around what matters to them. People consistently come away saying something like, “It was life changing! You had to be there to understand.”
Last October, I helped organized Experience Engagement, a gathering at the intersection of journalism and community on behalf of Journalism That Matters, a nonprofit that I co-founded with three journalists to connect the diversity of people who care about the role of news and information in communities and democracy.
As part of the work, we used a process, Developmental Evaluation, to get at that conundrum of the telling the story. The graphic above is a visual summary of what we learned. More of it is posted here.
After years of working with journalists through Journalism That Matters, a nonprofit that I co-founded with three career journalists, I’m finally offering my perspective on what’s possible in the emerging news and information ecosystem.
Beyond Bookstook place at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. on April 6 and 7, 2011. The organizing question:
What’s possible when journalists and librarians come together?
We brought together about 130 participants to explore this question. Filmaker, Jacob Caggiano, created a fabulous 7 minute video that tells the story. And it was so good, that the Knight Foundation put it on their homepage!
I didn’t do it to win the competition (though that would be fine). I did it to get clearer about the role and purpose of the Collaboratory.
The Collaboratory is intended to support the pioneers who are shaping the emerging news and information ecosystem in the Northwest. In writing the proposal, I was delighted to get clear that one key place that my journalism work intersects my work with social technologies like Open Space Technology.