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Proud father day

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 22, 2015  ·  News

Late this morning I sat in The Dome Brighton to hear the words Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation, degree of Master of Arts and winner of the Bill and Scarlett Epstein Prize for the Best MA Dissertation in Anthropology, Eleanor Mary Snowden. Two years of part time study coupled with working in the call centre of American Express to pay some of the bills and she made it.   There was a total panic moment when she reread her thesis a week before the results.  She knew it had to be good to get her a distinction which...

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New thinking, new practices

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 20, 2015  ·  News

As people on the mailing list will know we've made some changes to the training programme.  The four day programme is now a flagship programme and will be run once per year in most territories, maybe twice in Europe.   I'm going to be there for them baring emergencies and will teach most of the programme.   We are then creating a whole set of other programmes around SenseMaker® for the moment but then more widely.  Those are in the main shorter, more specific, more practice based.

It means that I can use the four day session to...

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Small countries, big ideas

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 6, 2014  ·  News

For the last year with Bangor University and the Welsh Audit Office I've been working on our Small Countries Big Ideas initiative.   The basic idea is to create a series of properly researched programmes using SenseMaker® in the areas of health, social services and development.    In all these areas we have existing projects and a lot of excitement.   However for the next stage of our development we need to have a more controlled, less ad hoc approach along with proper research and papers describing what happens and also what needs...

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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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So what are we about?

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 27, 2014  ·  News

The first of three posts with some draft content for the new web site

Cognitive Edge acts as a research centre for a distributed network of independent and in house consultants. We create methods and tools together with associated training and support. Our overall philosophy is apply learning from the natural sciences to social systems. In keeping with that philosophy we seek to move on from the case-based approach that dominates social and management science, shifting to a model in which theory and practice coevolve to create...

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