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It's different. It may contain features of other applications but they are working on a different planet.
It is designed to work across all significant platforms and to share information via a private and public cloud.
It helps you think. Anything else it lets you do, is a by product of thinking.
* Flexibility at your fingertips when you are designing how to get a point across
* Easy to design on-the-hoof - depending on what you hear
* The ability to be able to listen - and change course
* The easy ability to cope with different levels of complexity
* The power of collaboration - unrestricted by time
* The exciting journeys you can take people on - without being restricted to single paths
* Engagement with peoples' minds
* Easy group engagement - where points don't get missed
* The speed that people can pick things up at
It is quick to pick up, easy to explain and can be understood by people of all ages - including those who claim to be computer illiterate.
It could be used as an examination syllabus and revision tool for teachers and students because it would allow links to past exam questions on different levels and an indication of where different concepts were repeated in different areas of subject knowledge.
Ease of adding thoughts without having to decide where it should go in a hierarchy
Ability to classify ideas by multiple category sets, and reorganise by category
Ability to add paths to show how ideas are linked
Do mode, providing that all-important link between ideation and action
Ability to collaborate remotely in real-time
Excitement generated by the rich feature set as people realise the possibilities
A display mode that invites the viewer to explore
I compare Thortspace to #zooming-editors like Prezi on the one hand and #conceptual-modeling #mindmapping #systems-modeling tools on the other hand.
Thortspace has some of the zooming features of Prezi but anchored in a concept base (provided we use each thort to represent a specific concept).
Spreadsheet integration is very helpful. Of course, personally I also like being able to work with circles/spheres!
Changing course is an important one! As I am writing my book, it has been helpful to toss ideas in, see what that looks like and change course.
In terms of my ADDIT Together model: I have an Awareness of content I want in my book, I use Thortspace to explore and make Discoveries about what works and why, I choose Direction, Integrate maps created according to my chosen direction in my book, Transforming the presentation of material and how it will be used share information with others (Together).
Ease of adding thoughts without having to decide where it should go in a hierarchy: Again,this fits with the "Discovery" component of ADDIT Together.
We tend to think in terms of teaching students what experts already know. But when you consider situations where "we don't know what we don't know", being able to play with ideas before committing to a particular organization (Direction) is important.
I can actually use Powerpoint or Word in later stages once I have decided but it is that critical explorations stage where I find Thortspace is of immense value...
What are the unique selling points of thortspace ?
A facebook conversation has a beginning and an end, but the surface of a sphere does not.
A mind-map has a centre, but the surface of a sphere does not.
Thortspace aims to facilitate #process at least as much as some end-point #product of analysis
Thortspace combines #clustering analysis with #network and #relational and #hierachical analysis
"We Japanese do #not think it strange if a dialogue leaves undefined what is really intended, or even restores it back to the keeping on the undefinable." #M.Heidegger "On The Way To Language"
Supports the "Brainwriting" methodology as studied by the University of Texas at Austin.
Thortspace aims to open inquiries out, rather than pin them down...
A mind map typically has an orientation... whereas thortspace allows 360degrees of alternate orientations in respect of any view of each sphere.
Keywords and distinctions
What's missing ? What's missing on my list of distinctions ?
#Crowd-thunking ... the wisdom of the crowd
#Contextualised information vs. #isolated information
#Synthesis vs. #Analysis
#Play vs. #fixation
#Experiments vs. #assumptions
What are the distinctions that drive the designing of the thortspace project ?
#Dynamic vs. #static
#Process vs. #end-product
Multiple perspectives vs. a single "right" perspective. #multiperspectival
Thinking that alters the way the #world occurs vs. Thinking that arrives at a #correct answer
#Know-how vs. #Know-that
Like Wikipedia but more visual
#Organic Thought Capture ~ Peter Jones
USPs of the Current Implementation vs. the Vision for the product we have now arrived at
V2 will also establish the equivalence of paths and links between spheres, and the equivalent of spheres and groups (not just spheres and thorts)
Sphere networks need to support arrangements or equivalent , ie. multiple alternative configurations of spheres into networks.
#Spheres and #sphere-networks as #places where information can be brought together and #displayed , (vs.) rather than being #silos where information is #imprisoned.
Need to consider the USPs not merely of the current implementation but of a more ideal product that we have now been able to envisage.
This can be achieved by a combination of real-time search, AI, and either linked or copied thorts.
Need to fix some of the nice things that have been #lost as a consequence of misunderstandings in regard to #implementation #priorities .
Need to focus most development effort onto the core user experience. Eg. adding and editing thorts.
Dragging eg. groups between spehres, and views that encompase content from multiple speres.
Need to enable the use of the space for expressing the ideas calling for being expressed.
The Demons Of Traditional Brainstorming Are Slain With Brainwriting
Asynchronous Brainstorming in an Industrial Setting: Exploratory Studies. - PubMed - NCBI
Make the social features more integrated, more slick, more user friendly.
Auto-generated spheres based on search criteria.
Sphere networks to enable multiple alternative networks of spheres and conections between them.
When we implement real-time search based on currently editing thort, don't just find thorts but groups, and be able to add the same thort or same group to multiple spheres.
Eg. track who owns which thort, who did what edit, only allowed to edit your own thorts unless you're the sphere owner, keep edit history, etc.
To make thortspace more compelling ...
Incorporate linked sphere and embedded sphere navigation animations into browser version.
Profile pages, like buttons on thorts, groups and spheres, facebook chat conversations that run in paralel to spheres and sphere networks and that can link to viewpoints, thorts, and groups.
Means to request editor permission on public spheres.
Because thortspace works on the surface of spheres, there is no fixated centre in respect of any particular topic of investigation or study or project.
Because thortspace aims to enable exploring the play between multiple alternative perspectives rather than a single right answer.
Dynamic vs. Static
Process vs. Product
Re-use of previous thinking - creating building blocks of thinking that can be used over and over.
USPs short summary
I think we can be confident that an ideal implementation of thortspace would be useful to anyone who wants to:
(4) Create alignment within a team
(3) Generate a breakthrough in respect of a fixated way in which a project or problem, themselves or the circumsntances of the world are occuring
(2) Think something through
Coresponding Target markets
Hence #Conflict-Resolution and #Education
GSS Daily Challenge 09-20-2018
"... the capacity to share single thorts/groups is making some things possible for us." (Rama)
Yes, this new feature in Thortspace makes it possible to share specific ideas into social media (and other places) as web links but do so in a way that brings with each thort its contexts and backgrounds and connections within which that thort or group finds its place in a system of thinking.
I mean there is nothing in general to stop people just posting a single thought into a social media conversation as text, but by instead putting that thought into Thortspace and then posting the link, you not only provide a development of a conversation being had, but also provide a connection into system of thinking.
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