I am recently back from “the road”, and as others might have found, you learn a lot in those circumstances. Especially when the road includes almost daily workshops, sessions, meetings, and seminars with your boss…who happens to be Dave Snowden…who happens to be working out some key things right now. So before everything slips […]
Last week I ran a rewilding leadership class in London using a new format, namely two half days. It worked well as it gives people an overnight period to absorb what is often disruptive material and allows more social interaction between delegates. It also works better for travel as it turns out a […]
Several interactions over social media have left me somewhat frustrated by the inability of several people who could know better (I exclude the odd attention-seeking troll from this) to understand one of the key aspects of complexity namely managing the nature of a system to encourage emergence. The minute you imply any intentionality they immediately […]
I moved over from updating Cynefin on St David’s Day each year to updating the third framework, namely Estuarine Mapping. That was in two parts and you can trace back the whole thread in the links provided there. I’ve been developing this approach largely in public which is an interesting and, in the main, […]
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 […]
For the first substantive post in this series, I wanted to pick up one of the more controversial elements of human systems namely the pervasive nature of religious ideas/ideology; which is not the same thing as a formal religion. There are arguments in evolutionary psychology (I’ll try and find the paper and reference it later) […]
So it’s early morning here in Dallas and I’m still in part on UK time. After a one-day delay due to flight cancellation daughter and I finally arrived in Terminal A in the early evening, but her bag went to Terminal C and mine to Terminal D, but at least they arrived! The level of […]
I promised an update to my earlier post outlining a provisional seven-step process for Estuarine Mapping. I’ve run several sessions since then, including teaching the approach in Berlin using the EU Field Guide Hexi pack, the illustration to the left comes from that session. If anything I’m getting more excited about the possibilities for this new […]
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