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Dave Snowden
 l was thinking about Max earlier on today.  I had planned to post an update on my uncertainty matrix, now over three decades old but a host of interesting ideas came in after I posted a preliminary work on social media.  Some complaints about language but in general a good reception and a few people […]
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Dave Snowden
The title of this post is used collectively to refer to gluttony, fornication, and avarice in one of the sources for the formalisation of the Seven Deadline Sins by Pope Gregory I in the sixth century.  I did a quick search for ‘sin’ using the much-improved facility on our new web site and discovered that […]
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Steve Barth
I was asked this evening, via LinkedIn to comment on the Baldridge Performance Excellence Program and I replied with the title of this post.  I’m not sure why I was asked as there is nothing exceptional about said program and it has little or no connection with complexity theory.  There are hundreds of variations on this […]
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Dave Snowden
I got a little angry in a Slack group a day or so ago at an attempt to manipulate what was ‘permitted’ in an open collaboration; second time around with the individual in question which other participants might not have realised.  I suspect the protagonist here is someone who feels he lacks recognition and that is […]
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Dave Snowden
We tend to read ‘wherefore’ as a question asking where something is, but the meaning is actually for what, or why as in “Wherefore was I born” (Shakespeare, Richard III Act 2 scene 3) and Juliet’s more famous rendering which is not attempting to locate her love, but to ask why does he have to be […]
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Dave Snowden
I’ve been meaning to write about the “forest cycle” or the supposed necessity of chaos for some time.  Yesterday’s post on the difference between the Cynefin framework and the Stacy Matrix reminded me of the need.   The forest cycle appears in many popular books but probably one of the best illustrations is in Embracing Complexity […]
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Dave Snowden
A reminder that his blog is my personal opinion and is not an official statement from Cognitive Edge, its staff, partners or network. There really is only one subject to talk about in our disunited & troubled kingdom today; and the various historical precedents are scary.  We’ve just passed the 200th Anniversary of Peterloo which […]
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Dave Snowden
I’ve long pointed out, to many over enthusiastic proponents of ‘story telling’; that the phrase has a double meaning in English.  The more dominant one is to tell a story;  to quote Eric Blair (George Orwell) “A story is a lie you see, it requires that facts are marshalled, summarised, distorted to fit a thesis” .  This has […]
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Dave Snowden
My original intent for today was the write a post about a new event for all those interested in the application of complexity theory in human systems.  But the web site isn’t ready yet so all I can say for the moment is keep the 7th/8th November in Washington DC.  So thinking about what to […]
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