"Frame" Methods

Alberta CoLab was disbanded in March 2020. This page exists as a historical record.

Frame - Build a shared map of challenges and actions.

Framing is a way of making sense of a complex reality. The goal of framing is a shared frame of reference, which is necessary for shared meaning and understanding to develop among a team.

A shared frame can be constructed through iterative cycles of:

  • discourse about the problematic situation
  • mapping the problematic situation
  • frame reflection
  • reframing by choosing to shift the perspective for the systemic design inquiry

Participants often find this process frustrating and confusing, because they are not used to examining their own or others’ frames.