Friday Five – Week 83

This week we share a link to an interview with Dave Snowden in Argentina where he discusses a complexity-informed perspective on education and a podcast with Sonja Blignaut about culture as an emergent and evolving phenomen. Kaimar Karu invites you join the upcoming Complexity & Foundations Foundations course in Stockholm, and the next Austin Cynefin & Complexity Meetup will look at Future Backwards method. Lastly we share a curated collection of Tweets about Ritual Dissent, one of the popular Cognitive Edge methods.

Desirée Jaimovich, infobae

Dave Snowden on Argentina: "Stop looking North because you are going to become a second-class United States"

SUMMARY  is a Google Translation from original Spanish text

Give more room to doubts than to the answers processed. Generate restless spirits who, in any situation, ask themselves and seek answers. That should be one of the most important goals of education for the future, according to Dave Snowden, Welsh philosopher with an MBA, teacher and consultant in knowledge management.

Snowden is recognized for the development of the Cynefin model, which is used in organizations for decision making. The expert was visiting Buenos Aires this week, in the framework of some talks he offered at the University of San Andrés, in collaboration with Fernando Zerboni, a professor at the School of Administration and Business of that institution.

Read more about Dave’s views on education –

  • How to promote those different and innovative brains from education, when many times “the different” are expelled from the system?
  • Should the way classes are taught be changed too?
  • So you should not be taught programming at school?

“When we were at IBM we could train any intelligent graduate to program with some ease, but we could not train them to understand the people, that takes a lot more time. And taking into account the speed of the development of artificial intelligence, many of the things that people do today will end up doing artificial intelligence in very little time. So the ability to understand people and societies will surely be more important competitive advantages than competing with computers for the ability to process information.”


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Company Culture: An Emergent And Evolving Phenomenon

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Upcoming training: Complexity & Cynefin Foundations, Stockholm - 14-15 May 2018

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The Future Backwards: A Sense-Making Method for Complex Adaptive Human Systems

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A curated collection of "Ritual Dissent' tweets

See and read how the Ritual Dissent method is used in many diverse settings.

Ritual Dissent is a workshop method designed to test and enhance proposals, stories, ideas or whatever by subjecting them to ritualised dissent (challenge) or assent (positive alternatives). In all cases it is a forced listening technique, not a dialogue or discourse. The basic approach involves a spokesperson presenting a series of ideas to a group who receives them in silence. The spokesperson then turns their chair, so that their back is to the audience and listens in silence while the group either attack (dissent) or provide alternative proposals (assent). The ritualisation of not facing the audience de-personalizes the process and the group setting (others will be subject to the same process) means that the attack or alternative are not personal, but supportive. Listening in silence without eye contact, increases listening. Overall plans that emerge from the process are more resilient than consensus based techniques. Ritual Dissent is meant to simulate the process of delivering new ideas to management or decision-makers, and to open up new thinking to necessary criticism and iterations. The process is meant to enforce listening, without disruption. The scenario replicates real-life proposal making especially with regards to new and non-conventional ideas – as more experimental approaches are commonly met with the most challenges from management.


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