Talk:Brenda Dervin

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Sense-making 2007[edit]

Should Dervins 'Sense-Making (methodology)' link to the other Sensemaking page?

128.40.158.204 15:23, 23 July 2007 (UTC) StephenDeGabrielleReply[reply]

sense-making (methodology) should be a page.[edit]

a quick review of the literature would indicate the topic is not specific to Dervin. Spdegabrielle 06:59, 17 August 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Personal Info[edit]

Anyone have any objections to moving the irrelevant personal info section over to talk? -Liblarva (talk) 03:08, 4 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yes, while this information may appear to be irrelevant, it is all truthful and is something Dervin takes great pride in informing her students about. Buckeye1111 (talk) 08:17, 5 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I cut a great deal of NN and/or unsourced information about this living person. wp:BLP applies. It could be covered by wp:SELFPUB sources, but unsourced it simply does not belong.- Sinneed 14:39, 9 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Personal Information[edit]

Dervin has a passion for all furry creatures, cats especially; as well as feathery birds and feisty humans. She enjoys being an "old lady", which includes activities such as gardening, cooking, mahjong, arts and crafts, poetry, and collecting socks. Her passion for creatures as mentioned before has allowed cats to play an exceptional role in Brenda's life, with all of their names such as Hekuba, Butterscotch, Me and You (twins), and Mishugena, being fraught with meaning. Her current cat Fluffy is "world famous", traveling all over. Brenda tries to conserve, and therefore uses brown paper bags received from grocery shopping at the Kroger Market Place, when collecting her students assignments. In the 1970's when Dervin was studying in Eastern Africa, she began a love affair with a young Ethiopian. In order for him to educate himself, Brenda had to smuggle the young African books. This was a crime punishable by death. It was this point in her life when Dervin realized the "unfair" and "unjust" that took place throughout the world; and sought to change it. From this, her interest in Sense-Making was formed. This interest has never subsided, and, at the age of 72, still educating the world about sense-making, becoming world renowned in her field. Brenda is a tenured educator and spends the majority of her time teaching the youth of America sense making. With her classes interest in mind, during group work Brenda plays music. Most recently it was Lil Wayne's "Georgia". Sitting in silence while watching slides of Van Goughs paintings is a past time enjoyed by Dervin herself. One of Brenda's favorite midday snack while lecturing is that of an onion and pickle juice.

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Brenda's typical lunch: Pickle juice and an onion.

She is allergic to many things and eating things such as chicken is impossible. Raw vegetables, however, do set well with Dr. Dervin and therefore her lunch is mostly consisted of juiced vegetables. She has been recently spotted drinking Diet Coke, which appears to represent her allergic reaction to most things aren't as prevalent as once thought. Her health has been recently called into question, when she became winded while passing out papers in class. Even at the age of 72, Brenda goes for a morning swim, daily. The swim, as she says, is what is keeping her alive. "If i continue swimming, i will live forever." Dervin's husband, who has since passed, created a world famous cake, known as the "Killer Cake". Some speculate, including Brenda herself, it was literally the cake that killed him. Every Monday morning, a day she considers herself a postmodern modernist, she trims her hair with military type clippers. She is quoted as to saying "If you ever get mildly as famous as me, you will get enemies" and "I don't have to dress up, wear jewelry, or do make up because I am famous and credible.", a quote she clearly lives her life by. Her trademark look is a black smock and cloth neck brace, which is worn due to an injury sustained. -Liblarva (talk) 03:34, 4 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Noteable[edit]

(Apologies in advance for any Wikipedia faux pas I may be committing here; my first ever use of the 'edit' button.)

While researching sense-making, looking for Dave Snowden's sources and contemporaries, I found B. Dervin. Saw that her page is in question for notability ("significant, interesting, or unusual enough to deserve attention or to be recorded").

I wish to point the wikignomes to:

I humbly suggest that if Snowden meets Wikipedia's guidelines for notability, then Dervin does as well. I leave the rest in your collective hands.69.141.119.248 (talk) 03:36, 30 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No need to make it personal :-) There was controversy over the Snowden article (which is me) but it satisfied the Editor of a Journal category - there are a list of criteria you have to meet so its not a comparison with others. I've removed the banner however as I don't think there is any question about Brenda's notability as leading one of the three major schools of sense-making -----Snowded TALK 23:39, 7 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Dr brenda Dervin’s page need a good refresh[edit]

I work with Dervin to create a new website to host all her papers Sense-making.org This replaces her old website which was deleted by the University when she retired. I am not able to help her to edit. Bonnie Cheuk (talk) 13:49, 20 January 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I can't see any issue with including that on this article - it would be an issue on others without a third party source to established its relevance. I agree it is, but without third party sourcing it would be an issue. As it happens I'm writing the chapter on sense-making for the new systems thinking handbook and that will include a reference to Brenda's work and links so once that gets through the referee stage it will provide it. -----Snowded TALK 23:33, 7 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Date of birth is needed.--109.252.100.41 (talk) 03:41, 13 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 28 November 2022[edit]

1/ Add a new external link to the first bullet. The correct URL link is http://sense-making.org 2/ the other 2 links are old, please add (Archived) at the end of these 2 links for record only 3/ I am her ex-student and also the manager of the correct web site in the past 5 years. Thank you Bonnie Cheuk (talk) 08:54, 28 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]