Currently preparing for a major event next week when I am due to deliver the sixth Annual Mike Jackson Lecture at the University of Hull. I have a visiting chair in the Centre for Systems Studies whose goals are all about helping people design systemic solutions or systemic practices to the many complex problems […]
In yesterday’s post I reminded readers of three key aspects of a complex adaptive system: (i) it is necessary, but not sufficient, for there to be many elements; (ii) rich, short-range interactions between those elements are necessary and probably sufficient; (iii) the elements are not aware of the whole, necessary but not sufficient. That […]
Over the last month or so I have been emphasising the need for lots of small projects, either focused on resolving immediate issues or changing the substrate, or energy gradient of the system. I’ve also been reminding people of Nonaka’s famous dictum of change needing to be middle-bottom-up. Indeed the last thing you want to be […]
Back on St David’s day at the start of this month, Ben Taylor promoted a link to a post from Steve Schefer comparing my work with that of John Seddon. It was interesting and given some current intersections with Seddon’s Vanguard Method, I thought I would write a response. It’s also worth reading the exchange […]
In yesterday’s post I provided a basic update on where Estuarine mapping is in terms of method. I’d also strongly recommend people to read Tom Kerwin’s account of an Estuarine Mapping exercise we ran together a few weeks ago – not just for the account but also for what he did to integrate the […]
It’s been my practice for some years to use St David’s Day as a chance to update the latest version of Cynefin. Last year was no exception but in the second of two posts I indicated that 2023 would see this extend to other frameworks within the Cynefin ecosystem. The reason was that with the […]
Its been just over a week since I wrote my post on meta-muggleism, the title implying there is a lot less magic to Metamodernism than some of those appropriating the concept of metamodernity from aesthetics think there is. My original appearance on the Stoa excited some controversy and I ended up being hosted on a virtual […]
I’ve been to one of my favourite cities for most of the week, namely Copenhagen. I spent a lot of time there in IBM days thanks to the support of Hanna (I think I have the name right but its 25 years ago and I have lost touch with so if you are reading this […]
I picked up a mailing from New Scientist this morning with the headline Two of the UK’s water companies are still using dowsing to find leaks and it rightly says that method is scientifically discredited. But it works for some people and I can attest to the truth of that from the two weeks I spent […]
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