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TACKLING THE SENSEMAKING CRISIS

Inqwire is a Public Benefit Corporation on a mission to create a world that makes sense by empowering individuals and organizations with tools, experiences, and education around sensemaking.

The
Sensemaking
Crisis

Right now, humanity is experiencing a sensemaking crisis resulting in an inability to solve the most critically urgent challenges threatening our future both collectively and individually.

The sensemaking crisis is our most fundamental barrier to successfully addressing just about every challenge we care about, from climate change, to mental health, to human rights, and beyond. Solving this crisis is the single most important thing humanity can do to create a world that makes sense.

Fortunately, In the 21st century, our fundamental understanding of how the mind works has been flipped on its head, leading to a new understanding and new principles that tell us that there is something we can do to address this crisis.

Inqwire exists to tackle the sensemaking crisis head on through the development of technology, training, education, environments, and experiences that are designed to leverage these principles and understanding to restore, enhance, and accelerate the sensemaking abilities of humanity.

Our Current Initiatives

Mental Health
Self-Efficacy
World Wisdom
Education
Social Division
Environments
Collective Action
Mental Health

Address the Mental Health Crisis

Provide tools and training to help people make sense of things faster and more affordably than traditional talk therapy.

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The sensemaking crisis has resulted in people losing the fundamental ability to make sense of their lives. When people can’t make sense of their lives, they make poor choices, can’t navigate their lives, and can’t solve their personal problems. This leads to various states of psychological despair that fuel the mental health and substance abuse crisis we are facing today.

To address this crisis, we need to deliver easy to use, affordable, sensemaking tools and training.

Inqwire has developed, tested, and is now deploying affordable software and coaching solutions specifically designed to help people make sense of things. Unlike traditional mental health services, Inqwire’s solutions are designed specifically for sensemaking, which makes them faster, more effective, and more affordable.

Self-Efficacy

Create a Society of Empowered Individuals

Deliver tools and training for sensemaking that increase personal empowerment and self-efficacy.

Humanity is facing numerous challenges that threaten both our future as a society and our survival as a species. While many are actively working to address these challenges, it is not enough.

If we want to effectively and rapidly address these challenges, both large and small, we need as many people as possible who have the personal empowerment and self-efficacy to do and create things to help the world make sense.

Sensemaking as a practice provides a direct and rapid path to increasing personal empowerment and self-efficacy, and Inqwire is currently offering solutions designed to help people realize their full sensemaking capacity for personal empowerment and self-efficacy.

World Wisdom

Increase the Wisdom of The World

Deliver tools and training to help anyone develop and grow personal empowerment and self-efficacy.

As part of the sensemaking crisis, the world is experiencing a ‘Wisdom Poverty’. Wisdom is not parables or platitudes, wisdom comes from our own unique direct experiences with life. When we distill and articulate those experiences, we capture highly valuable knowledge that can be shared to help others navigate and make sense.

We now know from science that wisdom is not restricted by age, and the thinking that leads to wisdom is something that can actually be taught and learned. The wisdom lying within each and every person is essential to the future survival and success of humanity, and it is barely even being tapped.

Inqwire has found that sensemaking is directly tied to the both the collection of and development of wisdom, and is working on solutions that both leverage and increase the wisdom of humans.

Education

Sensemaking in Schools

Sensemaking is the new critical thinking. Bring sensemaking to students of all ages as a way to build and train the way of thinking humanity needs for the future.

In the past century, modern culture has been dominated by a way of thinking that has increased the amount of nonsense in the world and brought humanity further away from its senses. While this way of thinking was once seen as the ideal, it is not the way of thinking we need for the future.

To create a world that makes sense, we need to change the way the world thinks. We now know that sensemaking provides a framework of thinking that accelerates learning, problem solving, and trains the kind of thinking humanity needs to successfully navigate complexity and make decisions that make sense.

Inqwire is currently working with schools to bring sensemaking training and activities into the classroom.

Social Division

Neutralize Social and Political Tribalism

Find commonality and restore a sense of togetherness with others through sensemaking networks and activities.

Recent years have put a spotlight on dangerous levels of division and ‘political tribalism’ in society. Behind this division is the work of various factors and forces, such as manipulative forms of media, that actively block people’s ability to make sense of reality, and frame our neighbors and friends as enemies.

One of the most significant threats to creating a world that makes sense is an inability to see each other as allies and work together rather than against each other. Sensemaking can fast track the restoration of people’s recollection of the shared context they have with others, and break the illusions that are created to put us against each other.

Inqwire is currently developing sensemaking networks and activities that address societal and cultural division through tools that make it easy and safe for people with different alliances to come together.

Environments

Expand Access to Environments that Support Sensemaking

Access the best environments for sensemaking that are affordable and free from ideologies.

Guaranteed solitude, quiet, long views and nature are essential ingredients in an environment that’s conducive for high quality sensemaking. But only a small percentage of the world’s population is fortunate to have access to an environment with even one of these ingredients, and for those who do have access, it’s often provided by retreat centers that offer their own programs and ideologies that are often not conducive to sensemaking.

We can’t create a world that makes sense if the people we need are unable to think and make sense of things because of their environment. We need to expand access to environments that support sensemaking.

Inqwire is actively developing new models, platforms, and experiences to provide more people with affordable access to the kinds of environments and the self-guided tools they need to successfully make sense of life and the world, removing the need for expensive programs or the pressure to adopt polarizing ideologies.

Collective Agency

Create Change through Collective Agency

Empowering individuals and groups to work together with greater impact on solving the most important problems.

Even with all the individuals and groups who are trying to make positive change happen in the world, it’s not nearly enough. Failures of collective problem solving, orientation, and effective action are crippling the greater effort to create a world that makes sense within an ever shrinking window of time.

We need to organize the individuals who are trying to make change and dramatically increase the effectiveness and impact of collective action.

Inqwire is actively developing new processes and models to empower and enhance the collective agency to solve the most important problems.

Active Areas of Research and Development

Software

At our core, we are a software company. Software makes it possible to enhance and accelerate sensemaking processes in ways that can’t be achieved alone or even with other people, and we leverage software’s ability to scale to more people at lower costs.

Coaching

Sensemaking involves a set of skills that must be learned and practiced, just like learning to play an instrument. We develop both live and automated coaching to support the process of learning and mastering sensemaking.

Training

As part of tackling the sensemaking crisis, we need people who are trained to teach others various aspects and applications of sensemaking. We plan to develop training programs that create effective sensemaking coaches.

Retreats

Spending time in solitude with nature greatly enhances sensemaking processes. Most retreats require you to follow a program and ideology that doesn’t fit you or your life,situation and to convene socially with others in ways that disrupt sensemaking. Inqwire is working on a sensemaking retreat model that would be affordable, customizable, and provide guaranteed fullmement of the essential ingredients for sensemaking.

Networks

The sensemaking crisis is a form of information crisis. Solutions, wisdom, and insights (the information) are not being connected in ways that can enable humanity to create a world that makes sense. Inqwire develops networks to connect the wisdom of those who have ‘been there’, to those who are ‘going through it’.

Group Formats

To effectively make sense of things with others requires a format that follows a very specific set of principles. Inqwire has identified these principles and uses them to build powerful group formats that allow for true collective sensemaking.

Environments

The environment you’re in greatly impacts your sensemaking abilities. Inqwire is planning to develop both physical and virtual environments that are specifically designed to enhance the sensemaking process.

Education

Inqwire has spent the last 10 years doing our own research and working with scientists to understand how sensemaking works. This has led to the development of a large and still growing body of knowledge about the science and principles of sensemaking that we are currently translating into educational materials that can be shared with the world.

Inqwire's Sensemaking Technology Platform

Inqwire's existence is predicated on the discovery and development of a universal technology platform for sensemaking.

The platform was developed over 10 years, and was guided by an attempt to answer a fundamental question: how does technology interact with the mind's ability to make sense, and what are the principles that technology should follow to maximize natural intelligence and self-efficacy?

This resulted in the distillation of a set of fundamental scientific mechanisms and guiding principles that served as a blueprint for the creation of a universal model and technology for sensemaking that powers everything we build to tackle the sensemaking crisis.

Based on the latest in cognitive science.

Inqwire synthesizes well-established research from the fields of education research, cognitive linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, sociology and information science into a single platform designed to help you make sense.

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How you can help the world make sense.

Become a Sensemaker

Perhaps the best way you can help to create a world that makes sense is to become a sensemaker. As you make sense of your life and the world, you will see what actions must be taken, and you will gain the clarity and self-efficacy to make it happen.

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Spread the Word

Tackling the sensemaking crisis and creating a world that makes sense requires a movement, and the more people who know about it and join the effort, the faster we will succeed.

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