StairsAbout SagisSense™: When Sagis was founded in 2004 we noticed that traditional knowledge discovery methods do not dig deep enough to reach the most valuable knowledge. Consequently, leaders of organizations and communities make decisions or create collaborations using limited information. Drawing from the communication sciences, most notably Brenda Dervin’s Sense-Making Methodology, Paulo Freire’s Critical Pedagogy, and Peter Senge’s Systems Thinking, Sagis created proprietary methods that systematically surfaces people’s deep knowledge and mental models.

When this knowledge is articulated, it leads to a number of helpful outcomes. Related to leadership transitions, it allows this knowledge to be represented and transferred, both to the new leader as well as within the organization. These “deep smarts”, accumulated over years of work and typically embedded in the subconscious, are often the most valuable business knowledge and of tremendous competitive advantage.

Related to community research and deep listening, Sagis’ Sensemaking Discovery© is both a research approach and a communicating strategy for proceeding both humbly and with discipline in dialogue about people’s experiences. Remarkable insights are surfaced and articulated with this approach.

When surfaced, well articulated knowledge and mental models allow people from different sectors to collaborate more efficiently and effectively, leading to high quality community collaborations, organization and board strategic planning, and any initiative where getting a group of people working together effectively and consciously is essential.