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By Dave Snowden  ·  January 24, 2009  ·  Requests

Mary Boone and I are working on the book, and also an article on narrative for HBR (which we hope will be accepted for June/July. I am away from home and access to my books and papers which is difficult when you are looking for references. Anyone out there got any published case studies on how a company got something badly wrong by trusting the results of a survey/questionnaire? Comments here or by email

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Global health project: an invitation

By Dave Snowden  ·  November 25, 2008  ·  Requests

In conjunction with a not for profit group Innovation Health with the involvement of John we are launching a public access narrative database on global health issues, including subjects such as child vaccinations and obesity. This is a pilot that may grow into a operational system or systems. It will also create a demonstration database for an important emerging area of our work in health. It is also a part of a body of work we are doing linked to training and other activities in the new year around public health in the US and...

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Informal knowledge research

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 12, 2008  ·  Requests

Daniele Quercia at UCL is looking for assistance in his PhD, principally to get access to data. Details here and if you can help then email him directly.

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Wikiwar: Brine or tide or blue ocean?

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 3, 2008  ·  Requests

Has anyone got a source on how one should calculate the length of a river?  OK you have to define the start (that is hard enough), but then the end is difficult.  My own web search shows that you should measure it to the mouth.  However that leaves the question of the Estuary as an open one.  Does the mouth start at a certain concentration of brine?  Maybe it is the highest point of tidal waters?  To illustrate the problem, the River Shannon is the longer river in Britain and Ireland if you include the estuary, but a fresh water...

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Trying to trace an adventure story

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 20, 2008  ·  Requests

A long time ago, when I was young I came across a book (or series of books) in the local library that were adventure stories about the Maori Wars.  They featured a hero who fought with a Bowie knife with Maori, against Maori.  I think they may have been based in part of Gilbert Mair but I am not sure.  Now I just remember enjoying them and the odd flash of memory, but I would like to find them again.  Now they may for all I remember have been racist!  I will confess to having read the Biggles books when young; now they were...

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