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Welcome to SenseMakers Alliance: Making Sense of SenseMaking. Founded in 2020 this is a non-profit, experimental sensemaking initiative created to offer insights to the global public regarding the avalanche of diagrams and models being posted in a never-ending stream online every day.


Acknowledging that a tsunami of such material is landing on all of our shores we saw a void in the global community regarding useful robust professional Visual SenseMaking dialogue. As an alliance we have a particular interest in the evolving role of Visual SenseMaking in the escalating complexity of challenges facing organizations, communities and societies.


With public interest in sensemaking and complexity continuing to rise, and a lot of bad examples around, we decided this was a good moment to create this initiative with a simple blog and a cast of stellar industry expert reviewing contributors.


In this our first chapter of this initiative we hope to tackle, in a bird-by-bird manner, a review/analysis of 10 popular complexity related diagrams/models.


Never an easy subject, let’s see how much our reviewers agree and or disagree on what constitutes effective Visual SenseMaking today.

If readers would like to suggest a popular diagram or model for review by Alliance Reviewers feel free to send us an email. We would be happy to take a look.


With all the chaos and fake news in the world, we remain optimistic that authentic Visual SenseMaking can inform the meaningful change that is so much needed on our post COVID planet earth. To subscribe for free see below.

For SenseMaking Terminology Explanation go here.



Sensemakers Alliance Corporate Sponsor:


Humantific: SenseMaking for ChangeMaking


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