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how long is the truth?
January 7, 2014, 12:40 pm
Filed under: Digital Strategy, The Rules, triangulation, Zeitgeist

triangulating favourite things

Had an interesting question about the triangulation exercise– how long should it be?

In a true form I’d have to say: How long is the truth?

I’ve put the challenge forward with ‘manifest the outcome how you like…’

I do know that the blank page is the hardest to start with and the that structure is a fine tool to get the ball rolling….

So to help actually answer the question I can put forward some options on process and practice:

  • I’m a big fan of visual thinking as a tool to explore intersection- to mine where commonality lies and to use it to find a singular point of truth
    • the above was a bit of a joke for a mate (if you’re not a Top Gun fan- it means that the absolute truth between his three favourite things is that they FVROOM/ Doppler effect/or can disappear out of sight in a second)
      • this was a while ago- today I’d say that the intersection could be brought to life by Archer
      • this might mean that you could structure a deck like this:
        • Demonstrate key learnings/ Identify themes: one chart each on the major themes of each of the articles
        • Explore intersections: commonalities between each article
        • The absolute truth- your key out take/ observation/ pov
  •  When I started doing these exercises myself as blog posts I tried to keep them around 300 words

I’d love to see a podcast, an interpretive dance, a cartoon if that can take us on a journey of your thinking.

I’m as interested in what you see along the way as the destination of your journey.

Anyhoo- good luck, and thanks for asking.

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triangulation and the apparent truth
January 6, 2014, 12:36 pm
Filed under: triangulation

triangulation-method

In social science triangulation is defined as the mixing of data or methods so that diverse viewpoints or standpoints cast light about a topic.

You can use it to unpick bias in news reporting, and  in design you’d use it to find ‘apparent truth’.

I like that term. Apparent truth. It feels like chocolate.

If you want a bit of substantiation here’s a paper full of fruit cake dense notions like ‘epistemological chasms’, ‘empiricist view points’ and ‘hypothetico- deductive methods’.

I’ve written about personal taxonomies, my Bowerbird ways, and general bricolage and pirate treasure pursuits for collecting stimulus. What I’m looking forward to exploring (with my team and you if you like) is how stimulus can used to grow perspective: both and the practice of developing perspective and the articulation of your thoughts.

 Wassa?

So what’s going to happen here is a weekly challenge to triangulate three ‘cultural objects’.

 How?

Randomly selected by me with the only selection criteria that I found it recently and I think there’s something interesting in the intersection.

 Why?

  • A group practice in order to generate a dialectic of learning
    • Examine the contrasts between what seems self-evident, what seems to underlie the lay  discourses, what appears to be generally true and what differences arise when comparing all these with ‘official’ interpretations.
    • Build interpretation skills
      • Move away from the fetishism of quantative research methods (ooo!)
    • Deepen and widen your understanding of culture

So here’s the challenge

Read and form a perspective on what these three things say about ‘culture’:

Join in! Manifest it how you like- I’ll get back to you on the conversation this prompts at the end of the week and whatever objects are created…