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Well hello there. This is my (Aiden Choles) first post as Cognitive Edge’s guest blogger for June/July. A brief scan of the posts by previous bloggers suggests that I’ll need to bring my A-game to the fore in the next two weeks.

Before I post some deeply thought-provoking posts (ahem), let me sketch a little picture of who I am, where I come from and what I do … so that you understand a little of the ontology of my perspectives.

Currently I run The Narrative Lab with Sonja Blignaut. For the last 4 years or so we’ve been forging ahead in attempting to convert the South African business, NGO and academic landscape to the Cynefin, Complex Adaptive Systems and Narrative ways of seeing the world – and we’ve still got a way to go.

I’m a narrative therapist by training, and cannot but help view the world through this (primary) lens. I’m especially concerned with how organisations and individuals see themselves in the context of their own story, and how the problems they face come to dominate their identities.

My theology studies instilled a cynical suspicion within me. Technically, it’s called a hermeneutic of suspicion, but when applied to business it allows me to question with deep curiosity what is happening within the confines of cubicle driven slavery. I’m also pretty passionate about how our work at The Narrative Lab helps restore a deeper sense of humanity within our organisations.

Enough now. Onto my first meaningful post …