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

By Tony Quinlan  ·  December 15, 2014  ·  Cynefin, Narrative, SenseMaker®

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...

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Upcoming Cognitive Edge Courses in 2015

By Tony Quinlan  ·  December 8, 2014  ·  Cynefin, SenseMaker®, News

There's a change coming in the Cognitive Edge training courses. Starting in 2015, the courses will be expanding with two new series of courses for practitioners and consultants. By December 2015, there will be three main groups of courses running, along with some special partner-driven courses as well.

Cynefin and Sense-Making courses
The cluster of four one-day courses that have been so successful in recent years will still be running, but will run only once a year in each region.

These will still be the flagship courses,...

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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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