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Zhen Goh
On September 16, 2019, Cognitive Edge was invited to a Research Meeting convened by the Stanford Center for Design Research and the David Ramsey Map Center. In this session, I joined our longtime friend and partner, Ade Mabogunje from the Standard D-school and his colleague, Salim Mohd, the Head of the Rumsey Center together with 15 […]
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Anna Panagiotou
I have been thinking a lot about climate change during the COVID-19 times (and so have many many many others). Two things have struck many among us, and have repeatedly been brought up in discussions I have been a part of. The first main theme has been “nature returning”: clearer skies, cleaner waters (or in […]
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Zhen Goh
Cognitive Edge, through the Cynefin Centre, is part of an exciting project team funded by a United States National Science Foundation grant. This project focuses on the rebuilding of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and provides us with an opportunity to collaborate on the real-time decisions being made around the reconstruction. We will focus on […]
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Dave Snowden
It's been an interesting few days in Paris with an eclectic group of various academics covering a range of topics.  I've had a chance to meet and talk with Paul Thagard whose work on coherence I have used extensively.  Then of course there are old friends such as Alicia Juarrero and Mike Lissak and a […]
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Dave Snowden
The feather original evolved for regulation of temperature, but then evolved for flight.  In 1942 a scientist at Raytheon was testing a magnetron, a key component of radar, and noticed that a candy bar melted in his pocket.  The next day he experimented with a egg which burst and spattered hot yolk over his face; […]
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Zhen Goh
My love of narrative and the sharing of stories predated my introduction to Cognitive Edge. When I first learnt of CE’s operating methodology – that of using narrative and anecdotal material – drunk from immersion into the literature and suffering my social scientific hangover, I remember drawing many parallels of Cynefin and narrative-abductive research to […]
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Tony Quinlan
In the past few months, I’ve been advising a merger between two organisations happening near me. You can catch up on some of the details in the Merger Process category of my blog. What’s been fascinating is the degree to which elements that were striking at the first session – when Dick, Sally, Anne, Meg […]
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Nirmala Palaniappan
I read this absolutely rollicking article on human stupidity and its implications on society a few months back and I suspect it has my attention forever and will make me link a lot of what I know with the logic that it applies. The article has flavours of social economics, psychology, human behavior and humor. […]
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Barton Friedland
I have very much enjoyed the opportunity to blog with you here for the past two weeks. If you are interested, you can read more about my work here. In this, my last post for this blog series, I want to return again to the theme of parallel evolution in theory and practice across many […]
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