Learning Gardens: Storytelling Opportunities

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Learning Gardens: Storytelling Opportunities

  1. 1. Learning Gardens: Storytelling OpportunitiesJack ParkKnowledge Federation ConferenceDubrovnik, CroatiaOctober, 2012 © 2012, TopicQuests This work is Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
  2. 2. A Narrative Arc A necessarily staccato sketch of this arc follows
  3. 3. “Discovery consists ofseeing what everybodyhas seen and thinkingwhat nobody hasthought.” –Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
  4. 4. A Scenario—Discoveries in Disparate Conversations? Discovery?
  5. 5. A Scenario—1 Joe is in Medical School studying to be a doctor Joe is preparing for a test on Bacterial Infections
  6. 6. A Scenario—2 Bookmark page with these tags Immune Response Bacterial Infectionmacrophages use free radicals to Macrophage kill bacteria Free Radical Reactive Oxygen Annotate page with this idea Use garden condo tools to record discoveries
  7. 7. A Scenario—3 Sarah lives a healthy lifestyle Sarah read that free radicals can cause cancer
  8. 8. A Scenario—4 Bookmark page with these tagsantioxidants Antioxidant killfree radicals Free RadicalAnnotate page with this idea Use garden condo tools to record discoveries
  9. 9. A Scenario—5 Ben is a cancer patient with recurring bacterial infections Ben visits a garden condo to research bacterial infectionsNote: Ben is modeled after the author; while the author made the samediscovery, it occurred by different means. Still, this scenario supports the casethat important discoveries are available through federation of individual acts.
  10. 10. A Scenario—6Ben becomes curiousabout free radicals—a Ben makes a discoverynew concept to him Free Radical macrophages use antioxidants free radicals to kill kill bacteria free radicals What’s this all about?
  11. 11. A Scenario—7Ben makes a decision Sounds like I should not take any more antioxidant pills! macrophages use antioxidants free radicals to Must Avoid kill kill bacteria free radicals Ben adds a new Connection between the two ideas Use garden condo tools to record discoveries
  12. 12. A Scenario—8 Olivia is a Medical Doctor interested in immune system subjects
  13. 13. A Scenario—9 macrophages use antioxidants free radicals to Must Avoid kill kill bacteria free radicals “Must Avoid” Need to restate this doesn’t really informationconvey a propersense of reality Olivia visits the garden
  14. 14. A Scenario—10 Bacterial Infection Contraindicates Antioxidants Because macrophages use antioxidants free radicals to kill kill bacteria free radicalsOlivia gets bonuspoints for justifying Create a new set ofher assertion. representations by connecting the two core concepts and explaining the connection Use garden condo tools to record discoveries
  15. 15. A Scenario—11Bacterial Infection Contraindicates Antioxidants A Challenge is posed to the primary assertion
  16. 16. A Scenario—12 Structured conversation responds “Compromised host” as a newconcept to be represented in the knowledge base Use garden condo tools to record discoveries
  17. 17. A Scenario—13 Co-created resource in Compromised Host the garden Appropriate ForBacterial Infection Contraindicates Antioxidants Because macrophages use antioxidants free radicals to kill kill bacteria free radicals Use garden condo tools to record discoveries
  18. 18. Complex Systems Shared Stories Collaboration in the Garden From the perspective of complexity theory, emergence arises from complex systems that create new properties from “autonomous unities coming together into larger, more powerful unities”* The emergence we seek is that of insight into the nature of and * [2] solutions to complex problems
  19. 19. Great Law of the Iroquois"In every deliberation, we must consider theimpact on the seventh generation...” 19
  20. 20. “…We shall require asubstantially new manner ofthinking if mankind is tosurvive.” –Albert Einstein
  21. 21. Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour,Rains from the sky a meteoric showerOf facts . . . they lie unquestioned,uncombined.Wisdom enough to leech us of our illIs daily spun; but there exists no loomTo weave it into fabric – Edna St. Vincent Millay
  22. 22. A Strategy
  23. 23. Learning, Improving Requires FeedbackTowards a cultivated ecosystem… Structured but emergent networks of claims and arguments ordered gardens ordered gardens Informally expressed wild borders claims and arguments, wild borders awaiting ‘proper linkage’ Source: Simon Buckingham Shum
  24. 24. Triple Learning Loop [1], Page 23
  25. 25. Knowledge Gardening Behaviors• Stages of Basic Research Behaviors – Forage  Filter  Analyze  Synthesize• At each stage – Capture results – Dialogue where appropriate• Narrative, Story emerges through dialogue
  26. 26. An Approach: Role-playing Games• Massive, multi-player online role playing games – One kind of gardening – Quests • Well posed issues – Learning contexts – Guilds • Apprenticeships in the modern age of complex problem solving – Game mechanics • Motivation • Augmented trust and social collaboration • Social learning
  27. 27. Life in a Guild– Using role-playing game mechanics for collaboration on quests– Guild results are federated and posted for public use– All aspects of a topic are covered by virtue of many guilds working on the same quest– Stories created by a Documenter/Scribe Roleplayer 27
  28. 28. Garden Workflow Big Picture Encyclopedia World of Information Workbench Sources Topic Map•Collect and curate information resources•Transfer them to a Workbench •Annotate, Tag, Connect ideas at the Workbench•Create summary topics in the Encyclopedia•Organize Workbench resources in Topic Map
  29. 29. Completed Representation Compromised Host Appropriate ForBacterial Infection Contraindicates Antioxidants Because macrophages use antioxidants free radicals to kill Let us co-create our future kill bacteria free radicals
  30. 30. About MeBuilt airplane Undergrad study: aero eng. Built windmills/Solar homes Built wind/solar sensors AI to analyze data Collective intelligence Knowledge gardens Life in a Waterfall
  31. 31. References• [1] FEDERAL HEALTH FUTURES SUMMIT LEADERSHIP LEARNING for TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE. September 10-11, 2012 Washington DC Metro Region• [2] Olen Gunnlaugson (2011). A Complexity Perspective on Presencing. Complicity, Vol 9, No 1 (2012). Online at: http://ejournals.library.

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