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Creating patterns of meaning: a collaborative approach to sensemaking

Liz Borredon (EDHEC School of Management, Lille, France)
Anthony Blake (Centre for Management Creativity, Settle, UK)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 September 2002



The objective of the final plenary session of the 8th European Mentoring Conference was to establish a new understanding of mentoring through a collaborative approach to creating patterns of meaning about the subject. We wanted to use participants’ insights from the sessions they attended. Each insight could then be seen as an “ingredient” or as a “particle”, “cell” or “molecule” of meaning that, when seen in relation to other such “molecules”, would evoke a deeper insight into what we already recognise as a complex mentoring process. Clearly phrases such as “molecules of meaning” are relevant to approaching the science of making patterns of meaning and chosen because such expressions are not part of our everyday vocabulary. They have us stretch our attention and imagination, and are helpful in the stages of a methodology suggested to participants. This paper is an account of what participants did leading up to the final plenary, what we as facilitators did in preparation for this session, what happened during the plenary and what emerged as a result of collaborative sense making.



Borredon, L. and Blake, A. (2002), "Creating patterns of meaning: a collaborative approach to sensemaking", Career Development International, Vol. 7 No. 5, pp. 305-309.




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