Dave Snowden’s Blog

Electra at the Old Vic

20 Dec 14 · 10:51 pm

Excessive travel, even by my standards over the last two months have resulted in a neglect both of mountain walking and cultural events.  The former I hope to correct with some intensive sessions in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia over the next six weeks; I have a new ice axe to play with so the latter maybe a better focus than the former but that involves longer drives.   I really need to try and get another couple of sections of the Welsh Coast Path done but the days are too short for long distance work, so better the abruptness of height and the exhilaration of ridges.  I'm also going to be in Edinburgh for the new year and have negotiated one day for the mountains, still trying to work what is the best day trip from Edinburgh, possibly the Ochil Hills but all ideas are welcome.

In respect of culture I have ended up compressing one play and two operas into three successive nights.   The first of those was meant to be a family trip to see Electra at the National Theatre but ended up as a solitary visit from which I have just returned.  The excuses of the family in descending order of validity were:

  1. I have to earn some money by waitressing at a closed party for a leading member of the UK Racing fraternity
  2. ​I have something arranged with my girlfriend (hidden message, we are now separated post University so time together is previous)
  3. I want to see the final of Strictly Come Dancing, originally disguised...

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Guest Blog

Cynefin courses in 2015 - new thinking, practical exercises and great company

By Tony Quinlan  ·  15 Dec 14  ·  5:33 pm

Cynefin, Complexity, Narrative and Sense-making in 2015 As 2014 closes with a full-to-capacity series of CSM courses in London, we’re delighted to announce the first Cynefin and Sense-Making courses of 2015.  We start the year with courses in Zurich, Auckalnd and London.  Later in the year we plan to have more on the East Coast of North America, Asia and South America.

Zurich:  27 - 30 January 2015

Auckland:  4 - 7 May 2015

London:  8 - 11 June 2015

Why take these courses? Old models and ways of working have been reaching the limits of their effectiveness. The same expiry of old approaches is evident in software development, government policy, aid and development work, marketing and many other areas. This series of four one-day courses opens up new ways of seeing and addressing organisational problems and is aimed at thinkers and doers alike. And the usual mix of participants allows for excellent cross-fertilisation of ideas and learning. What kinds of problems do they address?

  • Building resilience for future uncertainty
  • Creating better knowledge flows between diverse groups
  • Developing effective approaches to difficult problems
  • Understanding populations (of employees, beneficiaries, customers, etc) to support smarter interventions
  • Augmenting leaders and their decision-making without imposing further bureaucracy
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