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Dave Snowden
OK its weeks later than I planned but we have finally launched cultureSCAN. I thought we were ready when I started a blog post sequence on the subject but then reality struck. We now have a new legal agreement in place, we’ve done more detailed work following feedback from the initial tests, worried through consistency […]
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Dave Snowden
In my final post (for the moment on conflict) I want to talk about how we engage people in creating a sustainable solution.  One issue with any change is there is a tendency to promise the earth, to set idealistic goals as to what will now happen.  People who have lost hope during conflict are […]
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Dave Snowden
One of the principles of managing a complex adaptive system is the need for fast feedback loops.  In my second posting on narrative and conflict management I want to address that in the context of negotiation.   Now while my mind is on national level conflict, the same principles apply to service negotiation at a […]
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Dave Snowden
I've been thinking through narrative approaches to conflict management and peace and reconciliation over the past few weeks.  its been an area of interest for some time, but a potential client triggered me into articulating some of the solutions that Cognitive Edge methods and SenseMaker® can achieve.   So I plan to post them over […]
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Michael Cheveldave
I was talking with Laurie Webster about a new online course she is in the final stages of preparing for launch that covers SenseMaker® basics.  As we provide her with feedback on the course one request that came from Dave was to include some information on what we are calling “human sensor networks”.  Now having […]
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Dave Snowden
I provided a summary of some of the key book chapters I have authored, or pro-authored earlier this month along with another of the key Cynefin articles.  As promised I want to go on to other papers that addressed issues other than Cynefin.  There have been a fair number over the years, particularly in the […]
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Dave Snowden
I made some progress on patterning the various approaches to narrative today, but less on the two encyclopaedia entries I have to write and the email backlog is till over 500.  But progress of any type is to be welcomed, especially as sitting in a chair form more an hour or so is agony at […]
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Dave Snowden
As I indicated yesterday I have to write one, possibly two entries for Sage's forthcoming Encyclopedia of Action Research and I have to complete them this weekend.  The problem (and the opportunity) with Encyclopedia entries is being objective while keeping your entry to a thousand words.  Wikipedia editing is a good training for this but that […]
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