Aggregation

Phenomenon originally from chemistry denoting the flocking together of particles without actually reacting. The flocking is caused by mostly electrostatic repulse / attract interactions between molecules or particles. Aggregation leads to the formation of clusters [1]...

Archetype

Archetype means either: (from development, invention, design, architecture) the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype. (in Jungian psychology) a collectively inherited...

ASHEN

Acronym for Artifacts, Skills, Heuristics, Experience, Natural Talent.From article in by D. Snowden in Knowledge Management,  Vol 3, 2000.

Beer, Anthony Stafford

Stafford Beer (25 September 1926 – 23 August 2002) is the founder of the field of Management Cybernetics and the creator of the Viable Systems...

Catalysis

Notion originally from Chemistry, denoting that the reaction from molecule A into B is sped up by molecule C, the catalyst. In PNI Catalysis is the process whereby the data about stories and the stories themselves are utilized to prepare the material for better...

Chaos

Notion originally from Physics, denoting that the agents in a system are autonomous. A good example are molecules in a gas. These can move around (almost) autonomously through space. Visualizing chaos/autonomy in a meaningful and also neutral way ain’t easy as...

Complexity

Notion originally from Chemistry, denoting that the agents in a system self-organise into patterns that have an autonomous dynamic. There are numerous examples of natural complex systems. To keep the link with the example we used for chaos (water vapour) we use water...

Concurrent Mixed Methods

A Mixed Method approach where qualitative and quantitative methods are use concurrently. PNI is a form of CMM, but more participatory in nature that more traditional applications of...

Confluence Sensemaking Framework

The Confluence Sensemaking Framework (CSF) [Cynthia Kurtz, April 2010] is a tool your group can use to make sense of any situation in order to make decisions about it. The CSF emerged from further development of the Cynefin sensemaking framework that Cynthia...

Cynefin

The Cynefin Sensemaking Framework [around 2003] was originally a two-by-two matrix model developed in 1999 by Dave Snowden within IBM Research and further developed by the IBM  Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity and continues to be developed within...

Dipolar

A VAS type survey instrument that generates two relative values. There seems no specific publication that introduces the dipolar. In Semantiese meerduidigheid in motiveringsnavorsing in Perspektiewe in die Bedryfsielkunde 1979,  S. Zietsman and I van W....