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I wrote about the significance of HTLGI in my Christmas Blog series on sacred places two years ago.  Then I was anticipating the 2020 festival but a couple of months later we were in lockdown and the Festival went online.  I enjoyed that but it wasn’t the same.  Today I was reminded of the pleasure […]
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I’ve been much occupied of late, developing the methods and tools around Estuarine Mapping, the third sense-making framework along with Cynefin and Flexuous Curves.  As a part of that, I’ve also been working on a range of typologies which includes enhancing constraint mapping from its very early days six years ago to the EU Field […]
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In tackling the shibboleths of mindset and mental models in my last post as I was at pains to make it clear that I understand and appreciated why the words and associated concepts had come into common use; but it was time to move on given greater understanding and knowledge.  I was also concerned with […]
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Just under four years ago I wrote a blog post where I compared blaming failure on culture, incorrect mindsets and mental models with Miasma theory during the plague: nice idea, bad science, some good impact but mostly avoiding the real issue.  It was one of a series of posts on attempting to shift from Agile (as […]
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Making things simple but not simplistic is where I left yesterday’s post and that leads me into what is still, to a degree a vexatious issue in Cynefin and to a degree an unresolved tension.  I refer to the use of constraints as key to domain definition.  The stable version of Cynefin talks about order as […]
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Dave Snowden
I spent most of St David’s Day this year in a somewhat convoluted walk in the Black Mountains, avoiding the summits and the bad weather and in part visiting the old deserted farm houses that are a feature of the landscape.  I need to get into the hills on this day, as it is not […]
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As you will probably gather from the images there is mapping theme to this post.  I’ve been talking about the need to manage in the shadow and suggesting that shining the light on things too early can destroy them, not paying attention early enough can result in disaster.  Now its important to understand that those […]
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Dave Snowden
I’m getting into the shadow theme in this series of posts, and there are strong links to ideas of dark constraints and dark scaffolding (a reference to dark matter) which are a key element in the whole body of work we are putting together on landscape mapping.  Probably the key phrase in my last post […]
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Dave Snowden
Frequently in designing  SenseMaker® projects  we end up with a client wanting to gather positive stories to support a given proposition and they are not interested in dissent, or stories of failure.  Frequently they restrict capture to those who know what stories ’need’  to be told.  Now I understand the political context that probably makes […]
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