Beth Smith  Thinking
Beth Smith
Thank you both, Beth Smith and Rhiannon Davies, for your outstanding contributions to the White Paper. In a world that constantly generates data at an unprecedented pace, making sense of it all can be a daunting task. This is true whether you are monitoring and evaluating the impact of initiatives, projects, programmes or interventions. SenseMaker® […]
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Jeffrey Golde
Communication and language are both amazing inventions and fraught with complexity. Nina dove into this issue in her Complexity in Communicating post last year. As many of us know, from the first time we heard Dave speak, it can take a lot of work and navigation to really understand what someone means with the words […]
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Dave Snowden
One of my favourite books in the Swallows and Amazons series is Great Northern in which our heroes ultimately save the eggs of a pair of Great Northerns from a malicious egg collector.  The final scene in which TItty and Dick return the eggs to their parents is especially poignant.   Those two characters are […]
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Anna Panagiotou
In this look at the MassSense data, we turn to age. The older participants are, the more prominent the anticipation of change in people’s values becomes. The oldest also see the possibility of building bridges between ideological and institutional change. One of the dimensions we asked participants to assess the Covid-associated images against was the […]
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Lizzy Macnamara
Hi there! I’m Lizzy, and my work in Cynefin is all things health! Considering that I’m the biggest hypochondriac, this makes little sense to my friends and family. I started out by studying Psychology at university, which gave me a great foundation for exploring why people behave the way they do, and how our minds […]
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Anna Panagiotou
The response patterns to our questions suggest that COVID was a chance to re-assess the relationship between the collective, the individual, and the world around us.  This relationship is crucial in climate change, where we continuously grapple with the ideas of action, motivation, and impact. To dig deeper, we will focus on how perceived impact […]
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Anna Panagiotou
I’m starting to hope that this blog is the start of something that will become a tradition. The climate change (nature, sustainability, biodiversity, take your pick) programme periodically releases an open collection. Such collections invite participation from absolutely anybody and offer the possibility of collecting targeted data and accessing them at no cost. The first […]
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Dave Snowden
As promised I did try and get all of this into a process map last night while getting through the last three episodes of The English (worth watching and the linked review is a good summary).  One of the reasons for that is that the type of system I am describing pretty much exemplifies what I […]
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Jean Francois
(français plus bas / French below) The following is the story and mostly the lessons learned from a recent conference I gave at the Agile Tour Montreal 2022 event.  It may be of interest to:  Professional speakers Complexity practitioners (SenseMaker® users or potential users) Innovation practitioners The Context I am, or constantly strive to be […]
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