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Guided hike across the Glyders

By Jules K. Yim  ·  October 23, 2014  ·  Walks & Bike rides

As Dave mentioned in his blog post about Small Countries, there will be a guided hike across the Glyders on the 26th October, starting 10:30 at Ogwen Cottage. (Paid parking there or free parking along the road to the east)

The initial walk is open to all, and requires no more than trainers / sneakers and the usual rain jackets etc.; as we ascend the Devil’s Kitchen people can choose to drop out and continue around the lake.

After that it's a rough scree walk to the top of Glyder Fawr – this portion requires proper waterproof...

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Early Bird Discount for Washington DC’s CSM course ending 8th Sep

By Jules K. Yim  ·  September 2, 2014  · 

Summer's nearly over, and with it our Early Bird discount for the CSM course in Washington DC from the 29th September to the 2nd October.

We'd like to share more about the opportunity to spend some quality one-on-one time with Tony Quinlan and Michael Cheveldave during the executive coaching session, which is bundled with Day 4 and is directly related to its afternoon session – learning how to work with narrative in facilitated sessions and in large volumes with SenseMaker®.

This covers more than just theory and broad brushes in...

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Amsterdam Two-Day SenseMaker® Design: Only a week left to take advantage of Early Bird Discount!

By Jules K. Yim  ·  July 31, 2014  · 

There are still seats available at the Two Day SenseMaker® Design course in Amsterdam held over 16-17 September 2014. Enjoy EUR200 off the course fees if you sign up before 8 August 2014.

SenseMaker® is a highly innovative technique to gain insights and support decisions in complex spaces. However the full potential is not always seized by underestimation of the mind-shift required to understand the different approach of SenseMaker®.

The trainers, SenseGuide have been working together the last three years on more then 20...

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Story Theming - any Volunteers?

By Laurie Webster  ·  May 12, 2014  ·  Narrative, SenseMaker®

This is my third post #WorkingOutLoud where I focus on modifying the process of some Cognitive Edge methods. My objectives are better absorption of new material and reduced cognitive overload in an one SenseMaker® workshop with CareOregon.

This past week I thought about story theming: how can we accomplish some pre-workshop activity with participants.

The mind map shown below was my guide for an in-depth conversation with Melissa Anderson. The purple text is what Melissa added. She asked great questions and made me think out...

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Improving Cognitive Absorption

By Laurie Webster  ·  May 9, 2014  ·  Narrative, SenseMaker®

As I mentioned in my last post, I am #WorkingOutLoud on how and when I introduce story data and related Cognitive Edge methods to my client, CareOregon.

The overall objective is to improve sense-making and follow-up actions for the CareOregon June workshop we* will run. [* I am running this project with the assistance of another consultant, Melissa Anderson and my two primary CareOregon contacts, Nancy and Jaclyn.] Since I live on the US east coast and Oregon is on the west coast, the pre-workshop activities will be...

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Working Out Loud

By Laurie Webster  ·  May 4, 2014  ·  Narrative, SenseMaker®

Sharing what I do is a big part of why I work. When I started with Cognitive Edge, setting up online courses related to SenseMaker® was one way to share in a structured manner, While I have written a few blog posts, each one was painful as I strived for maybe too much perfection.

I work on many SenseMaker® projects. Each one is a learning experience. In my mind, the reason to capture people's stories and gain insights is it leads to more informed actions. It takes a lot of thought and collaborative effort to create a Signification...

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Why I like waking up in the morning

By Laurie Webster  ·  October 24, 2012  ·  SenseMaker®, Data visualisation, Reflections

Since joining Cognitive Edge in 2010, I have found great professional satisfaction in helping our clients recognize problems and make decisions about moving forward. At a more personal level, I have enjoyed greatly the behind-the-scenes aspects of the research and analysis -- setting up data collection, analyzing diverse sets of results, and finding novel ways to present outcomes, both numerically and visually. This has included becoming expert in the use of the SenseMaker® software and also finding complementary tools that expand...

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And…I’m back!

By Jules K. Yim  ·  September 25, 2012  ·  Memories, Musings, Reflections

Excitement mounts. In a couple days I'll be flying to Jakarta as one-sixteenth of Cappella Martialis to sing Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem together with the Reformed Oratorio Societies Jakarta and Singapore at the Aula Simfonia – incidentally, Jakarta's first and so far only symphony concert hall. The plan is to perform and then engage in post-concert rituals, which should hopefully rejuvenate one and all.

As you might've guessed the reason for my hiatus from blogging was a combination of part-time undergraduate studies, full-time...

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Narrative Research’s Top 10 List

By Laurie Webster  ·  July 24, 2012  · 

It's about time we have a top ten list about narrative research. This is in the spirit of David Letterman, a late night talk show host here in the U.S.


10. Narrative research doesn't eliminate leadership errors - you can have great insights, but you still need to act on them - remember safe-to-fail!

9. Narrative research means you can and should still leverage social data. What else is being said out there that could give you more insights?

8. Narrative research requires new tools and technology (SenseMaker) - and don't...

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Cynefin - a time management and productivity tool?

By Iwan Jenkins  ·  February 14, 2012  · 

The thirst for easy fixes to the challenges of time management appears unslakable. I have no doubt that for some, the act of seeking and tinkering with the latest ‘getting-things-done’ (GTD) tool/philosophy/process is an addiction.

It affirms we all seek efficiency without compromising effectiveness. And in a minor example of exaptation, the Cynefin framework has the potential to be a useful tool in this pursuit.

As written previously, a CEO and I were talking about the use of Cynefin to aid in the setting and monitoring of...

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