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A memory of Peter Drucker

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 13, 2015  ·  Reflections

I'm back in San Diego again for a series of meetings and if things work out I am going to spending a lot more time here.   It has fond memories for me of the early Delphi group knowledge management conferences held in the Hotel Del.  It was where I first met Peter Drucker and where, after one conference I got to join him and one other to deliver a leadership seminar.   Teaching with Peter Drucker was a privilege to say the least and the chance for conversation a blessing.   In one conversation we came to a conclusion to which I will...

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Judgement overrides propensity

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 10, 2015  ·  Reflections

Most of my journals are on the iPad these days, but I keep a few in paper form.   One of those is Philosophy Now.  It's academic enough to be serious, but more orientated to understanding and acting in the world so I recommend it   The November/December issue (yes I am a little behind) is on War and Peace with a series of interesting articles.   Several of those address the assertion that humans are essentially violent by nature.  Now you might think that the evidence supports this, but in reality what it really says is that humans...

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Anthropology in schools?

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 8, 2015  ·  Reflections

An article in the Guardian today argues that axing anthropology as a subject in schools in cultural barbarism.  Ignoring the irony of using the words culture and barbarism together in the context of anthropology I think this deserves a little more thought.  Now I studied Philosophy at University and encouraged my daughter to study Anthropology at University, introducing her to the subject on a field trip to Saskatoon just over a decade ago.  So I am convinced of the value of what one might call the advanced humanities.   But that...

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Trophic cascades

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 6, 2015  ·  Musings, Reflections

For those not familiar with the term it describes the various changes that take place in an eco system when the dominant predator changes.   The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone for example reduced the number of deer but also changed the behaviour of the deer, meaning that they avoided areas where predation was possible.  So the valleys and gorges repopulated with plants that had previously been eaten; bird life and diversity went up.     Coyotes killed by Wolves meant more small mammals and so on.  But then the rivers...

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Rendering plants for people

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 4, 2015  ·  Polemic, Reflections

An interesting day working with a group of Partners from ETHOS with whom we are starting to form an interesting series of relationships.  I've had several meetings with them since I was introduced by Euan Semple and Jon Husband.   I share many of their values and approaches in particular a passion against the tyranny of utilisation based consultancy models.  Today and tomorrow I'm working through SenseMaker® with them with three objectives: (i) to see if it can provide a measure of value for share allocation etc.; (ii) to look at...

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