Creative and Evaluative Processes in Conversations about Potential Events

David Bergner

This working paper describes preliminary research on creative and evaluative processes in conversations in which alternative courses of action are being developed for a decision at hand. Research has identified five key conversational moves that form the basis of a process for creating, expanding, and evaluating concept networks, which are a type of semantic network. Tentative suggestions are offered regarding how this type of process could be employed in Decision Analysis as well as Chance Discovery. Consideration is given to how precedents from the practice of Decision Analysis might be applied in the practice of Chance Discovery.

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