Social Observer Project

Armando Geller, Scensei

Geller Analytics of Social InfluenceThe Social Observer is a discovery and mapping tool for social media. Using pre-defined keywords, the Social Observer identifies themes talked about in the social media, who emits them, how influential these emitters are in terms of followers and how they connect with each other. The social observer is designed to scrape by platform (WordPress, etc.) and by channel (e.g., Facebook public pages). Its reach is therefore beyond most other comparable tools. Data is made available in the Social Observer in two ways: Users can download data in common data formats and inspect a sample of the data directly in the web-based application. Continue reading

Assessing Systems Thinking Competencies – Development of a Measure

Peter T. Coleman and Nick Redding, Columbia University

systems thinkingWe are currently developing an assessment tool for measuring individual systems thinking ability. Inspired by the works of Donella Meadows and others, this measurement tool will present individuals with a series of written scenarios depicting a “systems archetype” process in a social system. Participants will be asked to review the scenario, and then respond to a series of multiple choice questions regarding Continue reading

Encouraging social change in tightknit communities – Computational Diagnostics and Assessment Tool (CDAT) project

Armando Geller, Scensei

ArmandoOut of the DST Innovation Lab 2014 workshop in Hawaii grew a project about instigating social change in tight-knit stakeholder communities. The challenge lies in the difficulties to understand the power structures and dynamics of the communities; identify proper interventions and figuring out how they may function; and anticipate desired and unintended consequences of these interventions. To address this challenge we designed a three-phased plan (baseline, modeling, assessment), relying on an innovative approach inspired by computational methods to policy design and implementation in sensitive contexts. Please contact us for further information at