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On public speaking

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 16, 2014  ·  Musings, Polemic

I delivered a webinar this evening for a client of Harvard Business on leadership and complexity.  Cynefin was already in use so this was bringing in the expert.   Now Webinar's are very different from a live audience.   The latter is really easy if you know your stuff and if you stay flexible and pay attention to the signals coming from the audience.  With a webinar I prefer not to have visual contact as that creates confused signals, visual is not enough, neither is it sound, there is a presence to an audience that you learn to...

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Proud father time

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 14, 2014  ·  Musings

It's being four years coming and the final result was not without its last minute trauma but today I ended up in the Butterworth Hall of the Warwick Arts Centre for my son's graduation with a masters degree in chemistry. He got the grade he needed to take up a job as a trainee auditor with KPMG and today was the celebration.  It was a departure for me as well.  I've been teaching at Warwick for the best part of fiveteen years, but with Yasmin leaving for greater things at Hull I had given my last lecture the week before. Ignoring...

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Of artisanship

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 11, 2014  ·  Musings

A couple of years ago at the Hay Festival there was a debate on the relationship between art and craft.  The argument of Mary Midgley and others was that you can't call something art just because it is asserted as such. Instead art has to display evidence of craft to be understood as such.   Now I have always agreed with this, which is not of itself a conservative statement; Picasso for example was a craftsman, who having learnt that craft broke the rules to create something new.  

The artisan craftsman is something that we see in...

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On the new bike

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 23, 2014  ·  Diabetes, Musings

I took up cycling many moons ago when we lived in Send.  I'd more or less given up on running as a means of getting fit and the cycle seemed a better alternative.  The country lanes of Surrey proved ideal and I was hooked.  I had a hybrid bike then bought from Evans with little knowledge.   As luck would have it my final boss at DataSciences, Mike was an enthusiastic cyclist.  As a result we had an organised company party on the London to Brighton run and I took part.  To my shame I walked up Ditching Beacon but the overall...

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Eating our own dogfood

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 6, 2014  ·  Musings, News

Back up to Bangor for the second time in a week, bad planning that but it was unavoidable.  This time to pick Tony up from the station before driving on to luck in The Caban and then an afternoon working with a new software team in their converted (or rather converting) Chapel. I've shared one picture here and there are more on flickr.  We were there to run through the current functionality of SenseMaker® Explorer.   We will be launching iOS Explorer shortly; long hold ups as we had to rewrite for the current version of iOS and...

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