Last week, Ward and I outlined our first experiment, a three-week sprint to explore how we might both use writing in the wiki to better understand a complex issue - that of engineering more resilient complex systems.
The idea is that we would both start exploring this topic in two wikis that were in a "learning pod". We would read each others wikis and find opportunities to interlace them.
Two gardens. Places of meaning-making that might develop a matrix accessible and valuable for others.
We were incorporating concepts that came out of my work in education, where I had created The Dayton Experiment to help me understand and share what I had learned during an seven-year journey of bringing the agile culture to a school district. To do that, I created a wiki comprised of two elements, The Story and The Garden.
While the fedwiki has been extensively used be many people around the world, it has been primarily used as a collector of artifacts. As I came to understand its underlying nature, I began to explore, with Ward's help, how it might become a creative instrument for meaning-making.
I drew from the work of many people in this exploration, Borge, Piaget, Kay, and Koestler, among others.
Our first experiment was to see what might happen if we explored meaning-making with a shared intention but a diverse perspective. Could we create, in a sense, two interwoven parallel planes that might illuminate a deeper meaning?
A week into this experiment, I realized we were wrong. We were creating, at least in my experience, Disruptive Orthogonal Planes.
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