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Sensemaking vs. Sense-Making[edit]

Brenda Dervin often uses the latter for the Sense-Making Methodology on her webpages.

Do we need to diambiguate?

No, sense-making is what word does when it doesn't like the single word sensemaking there are no good theoretical distinctions Saylors (talk) 09:13, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

StephenDeGabrielle 09:21, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

--Msloescher (talk) 20:36, 24 January 2010 (UTC)This page is grossly inaccurate with respect to military command and control. As one of the authors of the Navy doctrine Network-Centric Warfare, i can assure you that the elements listed under this article on sense-making are nowhere mentioned in the doctrine. The doctrine is straightforward:

1. that Brilliant Sensors linked to

2. Sophisticated Networks, linked to

3. Long-legged Precision Weapons

Make it possible to mass fires instead of massing forces.

Moreover, it might make possible two other opportunities:

First, Speed of Command, by which we mean the ability to make decisions faster (not necessarily better) that the enemy

Two: Decentralized Execution, by which we might be able to preclude the actions of an enemy and prevent war from escalating.

NB: that sense-making, or as some put it situational awareness, is but one part of this, and not the critical element. The critical elements are in the shift to the principles of war, particularly the nature of mass and command.

Commander MS Loescher, USN (ret.) --Msloescher (talk) 20:36, 24 January 2010 (UTC)--Msloescher (talk) 20:36, 24 January 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Msloescher (talkcontribs) 20:31, 24 January 2010 (UTC)


This page also lacks reference to work in sensemaking and sensemaking tools:

Russell, Daniel M. (1993). The cost structure of sensemaking. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: ACM Press. pp. 269–276. ISBN 0-89791-575-5.  Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help); External link in |title= (help)

StephenDeGabrielle 09:21, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Anyone willing to take a stab at improving this article?[edit]

This article has potential, but needs both cleanup, better in-line references, and accessible to new readers. Anyone willing to take a stab at improving this article? Harvey the rabbit (talk) 01:33, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

Added material about D. Snowden and the Cynefin framework. All linked to sensemaking and complexity theory. Nuovosole —Preceding undated comment added 10:21, 6 August 2009 (UTC).

Beginning overhaul[edit]

I'm going to start to work on this article. I know mostly about sensemaking in organizations (the Weickian tradition), and not so much about its relation to Brenda Dervis's work. But it looks like the two main applications of the concept of sensemaking (or at least the word) are found in organization theory (Weick) and information/library science (Dervin). A quick look at the citation index suggests that the OT version is the most common, but Dervin's concept seems sufficiently similar to keep this in one article. (We can consider a content fork later on.) I think the military application is just that—an application, mainly of Weick's concept, not Dervin's. Anyway, I'm going to start cleaning things up, and I'll probably be moving material temporarily into the talk space as I go a long.--Thomas B (talk) 08:00, 5 April 2010 (UTC)