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September 17, 2014  ·  Walks & Bike rides, Great places

Up to North Wales today for a series of meetings on SenseMaker® development and the start of an exciting new project on governance of which more in a few weeks time.   Now my view at the moment is that if I have a meeting in Bangor I am going to find times for the hills and today was no exception.  I got away later than expected and wasted time in Betwys trying to find a holster for the new camera without success.  In consequence I got to the Ogwen Valley after lunch and without the means to safely carry the new camera, so I...

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Barber shop ramblings

September 5, 2014  ·  Musings

Today was one of those days that occasionally hit you when you travel a lot.   I came in overnight from South Africa and my original plan had been the best part of two days at home before flying out to Marrakech for a client event Sunday.   As it happened I was asked to go out a day early so the sequence of events today was not fun.   I had to pick up the last piece of furniture for the study from Station Furniture near Heathrow at 0830 so I used the free hour to have a shower in the new Arrivals Lounge at Terminal 2.  Then I...

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Engagement in emergence

September 4, 2014  ·  Narrative

In my final post (for the moment on conflict) I want to talk about how we engage people in creating a sustainable solution.  One issue with any change is there is a tendency to promise the earth, to set idealistic goals as to what will now happen.  People who have lost hope during conflict are given new hope by peace.  The problem is that this can fail and lead to more cynicism, and a consequent unwillingness to engage.   In part this is because we tend to set over idealist goals and don't have the feedback looks in place to spot...

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Informing the peace makers

September 3, 2014  ·  Narrative

One of the principles of managing a complex adaptive system is the need for fast feedback loops.  In my second posting on narrative and conflict management I want to address that in the context of negotiation.   Now while my mind is on national level conflict, the same principles apply to service negotiation at a company level without the nature of major changes in the process.

During negotiations it is easy for people from both sides to get into entrained positions or loose connection with those they represent.   This can be...

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A shared narrative of the past

September 2, 2014  ·  Narrative

I've been thinking through narrative approaches to conflict management and peace and reconciliation over the past few weeks.  its been an area of interest for some time, but a potential client triggered me into articulating some of the solutions that Cognitive Edge methods and SenseMaker® can achieve.   So I plan to post them over the next couple of days.  This post is all about moving to re-describe the past, before you can move people onto a new future.

The way we describe our history is of key importance in determining what...

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Of leopards and people

September 1, 2014  ·  Great places

I'd like to be able to explain the lack of posts in August by a story of my taking an extended break in the European manner.   However its more a lack of time.  The month included a full week in Wilton Park looking at foresight issues which will generate a series of posts this month, but mostly it's involved catching up on a backlog of work at home and sections of my Round Wales at 60 where I am way behind on my schedule.  

Last week saw travel resume with a vengeance.  I got up at 0300 on Tuesday to make a day trip to Belfast to...

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Morality tale or musical jest?

August 5, 2014  ·  Opera & Theatre

My last full day in Australia before flying back to the UK tomorrow and it was pretty packed.  The seminar Simon and I had run the previous week generated a lot of interest and I had follow through meetings before repeating the social sector event from Brisbane.  For the evening I planned to go to the opera house in Sydney to see Don Giovanni, one of two Mozart Operas I am prepared to make an effort to go to.  I agree with Kierkegaard that it is Mozart's greatest opera and that opera is the greatest form of art, but I profoundly...

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Weaving a common context

August 4, 2014  ·  SenseMaker®, Reflections

Luckily I had my Yellow Fever vaccination certificate with me this morning or I might have had a problem getting through immigration at Brisbane.  It turns out a visit to Latin or Central America, even if you only went to a major city, creates this requirement.   I didn't know but thanks to a recent visit to West Africa I had one in the travel wallet.  Carrying all documents is one of the basic rules of frequent travel, as is a small pot of shower gel and a micro-fibre travel towel!  The former got me in, the latter enabled a quick...

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Apologies to Lydia

August 3, 2014  ·  Trivia

In some ways this post does not really exist as I crossed the date line in a westerly direction and thus the 3rd of August is missing from my life.   Ok around a week ago I lived the 28th of July twice, arriving in Houston around the same time (and date) I left Wellington.  Now I know the logic of this, but time is important to humans and this never seems right no matter how often I do it.

Now had this been 1031 I would have missed the canonisation of Olaf II by Grimketel Bishop of Selsey in England.  In 1860 I would have missed...

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Necessary ambiguity

August 2, 2014  ·  Musings, Polemic

It took me the best part of an hour to check in at Medellin Airport this morning.  The ESTA had to be printed out as they have no electronic link and will want to see it again at the gate.  Then there is the need to queue up to get a piece of paper to confirm your ticket includes tax even though the airline records already show it.  Then you line up again for checkin and get sent to get a refund of the tax in local currently.  All of this put 2,300 steps on the fitbit  and it really is a problem.  Excessive bureaucracy and thinking...

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