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By Dave Snowden  ·  January 28, 2015  ·  Reflections

I've been developing more material around the whole issue of dealing with the humanity (a double edged word) in complex adaptive systems.  Any development of this type involves reading, thinking, speaking and then teaching which is the point at which it all comes together.  There are substantial issue in human complex systems where the intelligence, identity and intentionality aspects of our species come into play that defy modelling and more importantly any reliance on a purely Look it worked lets to more or it  approach to method...

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The ethics of unintended consequences

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 27, 2015  ·  Reflections

I taught the first day of of the Cynefin and Sense-making course here in Zurich without slides.   I'm breaking the pattern entrainment of the slides I used and modified for the last two years by finding different ways to explain and expand on some of the consequences of thinking from a complexity perspective.  One of the aspects of speaking in this way is that you discover new ways of explaining things, but also you get new insights and understanding.  In effect the law of unintended consequences come into play if you relax...

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On fragments and lessons learning

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 26, 2015  ·  Reflections

A transition through Bonn today to spend time with the German Development Agency before moving onto Zurich.   It involved an early morning departure from my least favourite UK airport Stanstead but it was a great day.  Talking with a group of people not afraid of a concept or two and with the general intent of changing things for the better.   One of the themes was knowledge management within the development sector, something to which I have returned on many occasions over the past decade.

The main points I made are worth...

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Culture is entangled

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 25, 2015  ·  Innovation, Polemic, Strategy

Another Gaping Void cartoon for this second post on culture, which makes the point that change initiatives come and go but relationships that we build can last for ever.  My post of yesterday targeted the single causal model that underpins so many simplistic consultancy initiatives than claim simplicity.   If you can find one thing to blame, then there is only one thing to change and life is susceptible to the recipe approaches that are all to common.  Manufacturing process replacing artisan capability in what is meant to be a...

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The evolution of culture

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 24, 2015  ·  Polemic

One of the tasks I have to complete over the next day or so is supporting material for a range of Cognitive Edge employee engagement tools and offerings.   For those familiar with Cognitive Edge methods and SenseMaker® as a tool there will be nothing revolutionary, but we haven't put it all together in a single document before and that is my task.  In part it is also a chapter in the book and manifest as a white paper and/or a brochure over the next few days.  If anyone fancies doing some copywriting or giving it more of a marketing...

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