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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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Designing our new web site

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 26, 2014  ·  News

Two of the things that irritate me at conferences are Chairpeople who run over on time and then expect the speaker to reduce their time accordingly;  the other is speakers who spend time with corporate slides rather than getting on with their subject. So I am very aware that talking about Cognitive Edge as a company is not what people have come to hear. But there are times when it’s necessary and with our new web site currently in the commissioning stage, finding a succinct way to say what Cognitive Edge is about has become...

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2014 Education + Sydney ALERT

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 21, 2014  ·  News

A core part of Cognitive Edge's mission/business is education and our courses have developed over the years in a messily coherent way.   In the early days it was a two day moveable feast and I ran them all with a co-facilitator at most of them.   Then we stabilised the content for a few years and I backed off leaving it to others running the odd advanced programme when I was in town.  I regret that period a bit, not because the course was not well run but (i) it meant I didn't know everyone we had trained any more and (ii) the...

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Australasia on the horizon

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 18, 2014  ·  News

I slept in this morning, catching ip after a difficult couple of weeks.  It was good last night to get the wood burner going in the sitting room and settle in with a curry to watch television, enjoying the new Sky high definition box (well worth the investment) and satisfying the cat's need for attention.  This morning I had to sort out options on flights to Israel and Sydney/Auckland which are coming up in a couple of weeks time.   I'll be flying Gulf Air I think - not seen the booking yet, but they are new members of One World and...

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Dire prognostications - 3

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 8, 2014  ·  News, Polemic

Things got better today, eventually, but there were some more twists to come.   I slept fitfully thanks thanks to the cold.   By 0300 the room was at a temperature which meant I could undress, but then a note was shoved under the door to say that the pipes had burst and there would be no hot water.  It never rains but it freezes to adapt an old saying.  I got some sleep and then was woken up by a call from Ray to see if I could make Toronto City Airport for a 1045 flight to Moncton.  A quick check and I could, and wonder of wonders...

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