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Anna Panagiotou
I wish I could remember what triggered this post, but I can’t, and it was probably many threads coming together anyway. Partly it was something someone said during one of the Complexity Yarns, partly it has been fermenting in my head as a result of reading through The Dawn of Everything. But the main point […]
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Nina Abrahams
I joined the Cynefin Centre seven months ago, and with a background in health systems felt well versed to take on what complexity thinking had to throw at me. However, joining the world of anthro-complexity, sense-making, and complex adaptive systems has opened up a universe of possibilities and explorations that I had not thought were […]
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Dave Snowden
In recent times I’ve been engaged in a series of interesting exchanges with Dr Mike Jackson OBE, hereinafter referred to as Mike.  I have a visiting chair at Hull University where he is Emeritus Professor and as well as a fair number of mutual friends including Yasmin Merali and Gerald Midgley.   I have been provisionally […]
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Sonja Blignaut
In 1990, from a distance of more than 6 billion kilometres away, the Voyager 1 spacecraft took a now-iconic picture of our planet. The image of earth caught as a tiny “dot” suspended like a mote of dust in a ray of light, inspired Carl Sagan to write:   “It has been said that astronomy […]
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Dave Snowden
Last week I was in Nairobi as the keynote at a panel discussion on Behavioural Insights for Environment Impact for  UNEP sandwiched between two pretty hellish flights.  Jules was also on the panel and had done the work to set the event up.  She and I  also ran a session in the afternoon using Future Backwards for a packed […]
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Tony Quinlan
Nice article today on the WorldBank and its behavioural change aims – my favourite piece was this: Toilets, for example. Nowhere is open defecation more prominent than in India, where more than 600 million people have no access to a toilet. But even where proper sanitation has been installed, “people tend not to want to […]
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Tony Quinlan
Back in June 2015, we began the Fragments of Impact programme, partnering with UNDP, to explore how to use SenseMaker® in monitoring and evaluation. This week we’re back in Istanbul, with all the various participants to teach and explore the data and what to do next – in terms of interventions, in terms of monitoring […]
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Michael Cheveldave
One of the aspects of sense-making we emphasize in all our training programmes is the value of contrast. Since complex systems are inherently unordered, without any underlying repeating structure, their is no absolute baseline or reference. Hence contrasting from differences in the system (I.e. perspective, context, location, etc.) provides an effective means of making sense. […]
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Dave Snowden
I’m still in an OD mindset after the last twelve days of posting and there are few loose ends to tie up. One of the ones I mentioned yesterday is the nature and utility of what I call naturally evolved roles. These are important in both practical and theoretical terms. The former because they just […]
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