Through the EU-funded start-up initiative and its project PONTE (Participative Open Narrative Transformation and Exchange

ECZ.Partners and The Cynefin Centre are currently collaborating with visual artist Annika Varjonen to combine technology platforms, narrative data and visual art to tackle division and radicalisation in communities. At the same time we are developing an alternative to mainstream social media, that points users to content that differs from what they usually see instead of the usual echo-chambers and filter bubbles social media is characterized by these days.

The project utilizes, repurposes and further develops existing software, SenseMaker®.  Through this software,  we capture and sort micro-narratives where the respondents apply meaning to their own narrative. Participants make sense of their own social media experience. 

The micro-narratives are catalysed by a piece of visual art.

The participants’ responses and micro-narratives build up a rich source of data for the artist to tap into for an interpretation of the reactions. This offers a new artistic interpretation for the participants to delve into, and allows them to review their own thought patterns. With this we offer the possibility of creating coherent interpretations and collective understanding of mass data sets through the arts. 

PONTE just launched their first “story collector” around how you see yourself and others when using social media and how mis/information is perceived. 

If you are interested in contributing or learning about how this works, please share your own (anonymous(!)) stories here and/or forward this post and invite others to share their stories. The more stories, the better…  we will keep you posted on developments and outcomes. You can also contact us at

PONTE project


“PONTE is part of the MediaFutures project. This project has received funding from the European Union’s framework Horizon 2020 for research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 9519. The information reflects the author’s views. The European Commission is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.”