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Dave Snowden
Making things simple but not simplistic is where I left yesterday’s post and that leads me into what is still, to a degree a vexatious issue in Cynefin and to a degree an unresolved tension.  I refer to the use of constraints as key to domain definition.  The stable version of Cynefin talks about order as […]
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Dave Snowden
I spent most of St David’s Day this year in a somewhat convoluted walk in the Black Mountains, avoiding the summits and the bad weather and in part visiting the old deserted farm houses that are a feature of the landscape.  I need to get into the hills on this day, as it is not […]
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Dave Snowden
In yesterday’s post, I made it clear that I wasn’t writing a philosophical article per se, but rather responding to the idea put forward on social media that Cynefin might act as a framework for understanding ethics, and more specifically how we make decisions.  In doing this I am taking a pragmatic approach based on […]
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Dave Snowden
Three things triggered today’s post: a LinkedIn request for ethical-decision making frameworks; the blatant manipulation of the ‘rules’ in the FI final race to manufacture TV Ratings and finally a New Scientist article with the title Survival of the friendliest: Why Homo sapiens outlived other humans. That article looks at the evidence for why Homo Sapiens, despite being a late […]
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Dave Snowden
The last three blog posts provided the core scaffolding for what I have been calling the Estuarine framework (pending getting a proper name for it). I’ve got a lot of work to flesh out the summary I provided in the last post, and also connect it with earlier material including a key post on the […]
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Anna Panagiotou
Unless this is the first time you have stumbled across this blog by accident, you might have come across the idea of “the Wiki”. This usually does not refer to The Big Wiki but to the Cynefin one, which is a labour of love by many in the community and an attempt to ensure openness, authenticity, and rigour […]
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Dave Snowden
Two interesting sets of interactions on social media triggered today’s post.  One was a distinction made between cutting down a tree and trimming a hedge.  That one came from a tweet by Sonja in which she said “I liked the analogy of hedge trimming vs tree felling. When you decide to cut down a tree, […]
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Dave Snowden
I originally intended to publish this post way back in May and got all the notes together but a mixture of work pressure and ill health (a bad foot infection now resolved) have hit the backlog.  If you have to spend two weeks with your foot elevated and iced taking strong anti-biotics its too easy […]
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Dave Snowden
Cynefin has always been about boundaries which critical to human sense-making.  Give people a spectrum and they will settle where they are most comfortable, provide a boundary and people know to behave differently on either side, and you can ritualise that boundary-crossing to make it more reliable.  Ritual is one way in which humans can […]
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