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SPeak Performance by Jim Walz

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Chapter 16

The Structural Mapping Engine (SME) Process

I really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree.

—Steve Miller, “The Joker”

The structural mapping engine (SME) process1 can help accomplish several things. Structural mapping is based upon the work of Dedre Gentner, most currently a professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. Gentner’s structural mapping revolves around the idea that in an analogy or metaphor, one idea can be mapped onto another. This process was carried forward by Ken Forbus to develop the SME process. This process can identify appropriate pairs for your metaphor; point to operational principles, and from there, you can write your goals and outcomes so that they are consistent with the metaphor. ...

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