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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 […]
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I was trying to remember when COVID started to impact me personally and touch wood despite lots of social contacts I either haven’t had it or didn’t notice if I did).  Yes, I was aware of it, and that awareness crept up slowly and remorselessly.  When it started it felt a little like SARS, not […]
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Mapping and the need for maps underpins a lot of this series of posts – both in terms of understanding rituals & habits as well as my more discursive comments in the footers that explain the banner images.   I should also say that I am always slightly nervous talking about mapping as its one […]
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Byung-Chul Han defines ritual as symbolic techniques of making oneself at home in the world.  In anthropology we have seen a shift from Durkheim’s view of ritual as reinforcing collective beliefs and enabling social integration to a view based far more on symbols in which are in a way closer to myths function, but which also provide […]
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Earlier today I got irritated by several things on social media. I admit that this is not unusual and some would argue that I obviously enjoy the stimulation too much.  The Trump being deplatformed was worrying rather than irritating by the way as I have a nasty feeling that is going to backfire.  I am long […]
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I’d been working on knowledge management for some time and have come across Boisot’s book Knowledge Assets.  Yasmin Mirali, then at Warwick University introduces us and organised a joint seminar and a lot of things came together.  I talked about the role of Max as a mentor, protagonist, and friend on many an occasion and the […]
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In this second post within the knowledge management section, I want to summarise some of the material on human cognition and decision making that I and others rely on within the wider field of sense-making.  The third post I intend to largely devote to the work I did over the years with Max Boisot and […]
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As promised yesterday the main theme of this Twelvetide series is to summarise the main pillars of Naturalising Sense-making and to do so in four sections of three posts.  The first three are in the field of Knowledge and this one I want to look at that in the context of the knowledge management movement. […]
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Redux came over into English in the 17th Century as one of those rare postpositive adjectives in English to mean brought back, or the more active bringing back.  The postpositive form landed itself to literally use which often contains a sense of things being right again in consequence; think of Trollope’s Phineas Redux if you […]
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