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Restore and Accelerate Your Ability to Make Sense of Things

We live in a world where our native ability to make sense of things is constantly being blocked. Inqwire provides tools and training to restore and accelerate your sensemaking abilities alone and with others.

What is Sensemaking and Why Does it Matter?

Workshops & Training

Collective Sensemaking Workshops
Learn how to facilitate a uniquely safe and radically inclusive group format that brings people together to reach and exchange insights, perspectives, and understanding about any topic.
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Personal Sensemaking Workshop
Learn the essential skills you need to be successful with sensemaking in every aspect of your life.
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Sensemaking Assistant Workshop
Learn safe, private, and productive ways to assist others in their own personal sensemaking.
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Software for Sensemaking
Look at Any Topic from Every Angle
Inqwire generates a comprehensive set of custom questions that each act as a different lens for examining any topic.
These 'lenses' are designed to help you reach insights, make connections, and get the full 360 around any topic.
Accelerate Your Thinking with an Artificial Memory
As you explore and make connections, Inqwire builds an artificial memory, or “Atlas”, which is used to help you think faster and more effectively than trying to do everything in your head.
Understand Your World with an Autogenerated Model
As you explore and make connections between aspects of your world, Inqwire automatically builds an interactive, connected model.
This allows you to find things like feedbacks, synergies, fundamental interactions, and chains of influence between aspects to refine and revise your understanding of how your world works.
Get to The Heart of What Matters
When you are feeling fuzzy and aren’t sure what is bothering you, just start writing and Inqwire will look for meaningful topics to explore.
It’s like a smart journal that lets you go from natural writing to diving into meaningful topics to get to the heart of what really matters.
Over 1,700 Common Topics and Scenarios
Inqwire comes with a growing library of over 1,700 topics that you can explore. Find one that matches your situation, or browse to get ideas for topics to expand your understanding of life and the world.
If you don't find what you're looking for, you can enter and explore just about any custom topic you can imagine.
Track Your Life Outlook
As you make sense of things, your outlook improves. Track how the activities you do with Inqwire change your outlook to learn how you do your best sensemaking.

Lots of Ways to Use Inqwire

Personal Development
Personal Sensemaking
Meditation & Mindfulness
Behavior Change
Career Planning
Life Planning
Creative Processes
Creative Writing
Memoir Writing
Essays & Articles
Character Development
World Building
Relationships & Communication
Group Discussions
Learn and Practice Sensemaking Skills
Homework Explorations
Communication Skills
Community Development
Group Discussions
Expert & Mentor Interviews
Learning & Education
Group Discussions
Homework Explorations
Learning Through Building Models
Expert & Mentor Interviews
Communication Skills
Coaching & Counseling
Group Support
Addiction Services
Social Services
Psychological Services
Organizational Sensemaking
Employee Wellness
Employee Engagement
User Research
Leadership Development
Scenario Planning & What-If Analysis
Innovation & Transformation
Market Research
Market Research
Focus Groups
Self-Guided Retreats
Team Retreats
Family Retreats
Leadership Retreats
Themed Retreats

Can Technology Enhance Our Sensemaking Abilities?

Modern cognitive science has completely changed our understanding of how our mind makes sense of and navigates a complex world. We now know that our brain is a master of sensemaking, but that there are real and widespread barriers that block our sensemaking abilities.

Fortunately, we now know that these barriers can be overcome, there are essential sensemaking skills that can be learned, practiced, and mastered. And, there are powerful ways that technology can help to make sensemaking faster.

Inqwire provides you with everything you need to learn, practice, and apply sensemaking to anything, from personal challenges, to relationships, to business, to learning, and so much more.

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How We Do Data Different

We’ve made sure that all of your personal writing and data gets stored with you, not on the Internet.
1 Load Your Data
Your personal writing and data live in files that only you have copies of on your computer, device, or your Dropbox account if you choose this option.
When you want to start a session with Inqwire, the files are loaded manually or automatically into your web browser and your personal writing is stored in the page the browser has loaded.
2 Process Your Data
During a session, the Inqwire Software will process your writing and data to generate responses and make suggestions.
To do this, your data travels to Inqwire’s servers (and only Inqwire’s servers), where it is used to generate a response for you.
After it generates a response, it is subsequently thrown away and erased.
3 Save Your Data
At the end of each exploration around a topic, you’ll likely have added new writing or new data.
When you are done with a session, a newly updated file is automatically saved that contains all this new data to your computer, browser, or Dropbox account.
"I think Inqwire offers a very unique and practical solution to help people work through anything on their minds."
"Delving into Inqwire literally has made me feel emotionally and even physically lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders."

Community & Support

As an Inqwire user, you’ll get access to a community plus enthusiastic support from our team.

Office Hours

Regularly scheduled office hours let you ask questions and get support around different features, use cases, and workflows.

Events & Practice Groups

Learn more about how to apply Inqwire to your world and connect with others to practice group formats like interviews, group discussions, partner communication, and more.

Sensemaker Space

Make connections, get peer-support, and find solidarity with creative and imaginative people finding new ways to apply Inqwire in our online Sensemaker Space community.

What People Say About Inqwire:

We've asked our users how sensemaking with Inqwire's tools has influenced their life, how it has made them feel, and how it compares to their experiences with therapy, with talking things out with friends and family, and with sorting things out through journaling, after using Inqwire's tools for anywhere from a few minutes to a few weeks. These are some representative responses:

"Before sensemaking with Inqwire I was constantly in the background thinking about my life without really even noticing. Now it is like all of that is cleared out. I feel as though I found a center I didn't know I had, or forgot I had."

"Inqwire provides a wonderful tool for stepping back and taking stock of one's life. I love the simplicity of just answering questions that speak to me. Over time I am feeling a stronger sense of peace and confidence as my life is coming back into focus.

I love how everything I capture from my life is presented back to me through the prompts. There have been many times where I am prompted to look for connections and one will jump out and I think 'That's it! I totally see it now!' and I have this moment of clarity where I have a new insight about myself. It's almost like putting together I giant jig-saw puzzle of one's self and seeing a whole picture emerge."

"Sensemaking with Inqwire has opened me up like a book, and taught me how to examine my life in a meaningful and powerful way.

It has provided me with the best return, by far, on my time spent working on myself. Once I saw the patterns within my own life I haven't forgotten them. I am now free to choose to change what I want to, and importantly, to see what I don't want to change.

It is a fun and challenging system that is there 24/7. Insights don't come on a schedule, and I like knowing that Inqwire it there to help me capture and explore them.

I learned more about my life in 6 hours of using the system than 2 years of talk therapy."

"I am naturally a scoffer at self-help tools, for a variety of reasons, none that I can attach to Inqwire. I am astounded how easy it is to use and how diverse its range is. The prompts were easy and compelling."

There are many things I could go on about my favorite was that I could keep it as simple as I liked. Yet, I realize I could delve into anything I so desired or felt I needed to explore within myself.

The safety net of no one ever being able to access my private thoughts is the most important feature of Inqwire."

"I JUST started using Inqwire this evening and wow. Just wow. I can't believe how quickly I got down deep into some insights that I did NOT have before."

"I measured my life outlook before and after using Inqwire and all of my levels had increased from the beginning of the session by at least 30% -- which makes sense because I felt so much better."

"What I really like is that I can use Inqwire at my own pace, sometimes in a therapy session I feel pressured to say things I’m not comfortable talking about yet."

"I feel more secure (with Inqwire than with therapy) because I know that it is only being seen by me."

"The software let me pause and think. That resembled real life meditation - really cool."

"Inqwire is similar to talking to family and friends. It's almost like venting. I've never been to therapy but I feel like Inqwire is very much like a therapist, asking questions, seeking clarity, etc."

"I was hoping for a good family conversation where we could learn more about each other and I got that with Inqwire!"

"I like using Inqwire with others as an activity because it feels deeper and more guided than a normal conversation."

"Using Inqwire with my family makes dinner less silent and more meaningful. It brings our family together."

"Sensemaking with Inqwire has been very life changing and very empowering for me. I am a private person by nature but even more so when it comes to my emotional well-being. I am not one to ask for help or seek out the help of others when I am hurting or am confused.

This had lead me to harbor anger and resentment and left me unable to move on in many parts of my life. But Inqwire has changed this.

I am able to go onto the app and work through very private emotions and feelings and get these feelings sorted out in the privacy of my own home. I no longer find myself 'stuck' in an emotional loop but instead am finding resolution and peace. Sensemaking with Inqwire has become part of my daily life."

"Inqwire is much better than talking to others because i'm looking into myself for the answers to my behavior instead of trying to reflect off of someone who may have other biases."

"I was able to talk about several aspects of an issue and explore them in depth. In some ways, Inqwire helped me realize connections that I didn’t even see before in my own life."

"I think Inqwire offers a very unique and practical solution to help people work through anything on their minds."

"Inqwire is much more productive (than therapy) I think because it allows me to explore topics at my own pace and allows me to answer questions that offer some insight in to my behavior and feelings without adding extra bias or input such as seeing a therapist."

"I think Inqwire is much better than journaling because it is guided and allows me to stay on topic."

"After using Inqwire, I feel like this might be a viable alternative for a daily therapy session."

"I think Inqwire eliminates a lot of the deterrences most of us deal with when thinking about talking about certain matters with a friend or family member."

"Delving into Inqwire literally has made me feel emotionally and even physically lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders."

"I think using Inqwire would be fun at church or bible study because it would help break the ice and it gives thought experiments that are easy for anyone to relate to."

"Using Inqwire helped me learn more about others in my family."

"When I'm participating in a group using Inqwire, I love that I can just choose to listen because I always learn something."

"Facilitating a group process with Inqwire was a wonderful experience, really effective, and pulled on my natural skills as a facilitator. The software could ‘hold space’ and I felt supported in running the group. I could imagine this helping facilitators hold on to the role even if the group dynamics are difficult."

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