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May day opportunity in Perth

April 27, 2008

For those interested I will be running a three hour open seminar in Perth this coming Thursday 1st May at Curtin University from 1600-1900. I will be focusing on a range of topics associated with SenseMaker™. That will include narrative based research in social systems, fragmented real time assembly of scenarios (as opposed to traditional scenario planning) and narrative based knowledge management. I will also focus on the work we are doing to create quantitative measures in what has traditionally being a qualitative area. That means finding ways to shift from outcome based targets (which to my mind are damaging public service provision world wide) to impact based measurement which allows for governance, but does not restricting the ability to experiment and adapt policy to local context: somethings might work in Sydney, but fail in Kalgoorlie. Its also about doing more with less, something critical for government and industry alike.

There will be a fair number of people from a Systems Thinking background there so there will be some interesting discussions. The session is in Room 213 in the Graduate School of Business, Curtin University. This is situated on the corner of Pier and Murray streets in the east end of Perth. I am told it’s diagonally opposite Miss Maud’s restaurant and that every taxi driver knows where that is. Drinks will probably follow, location to be determined.

I will also be keynoting that morning on the future of Information Management in organisations at this conference along with the hon. Francis M Logan, Robert Eames, Kemal Hasandedic, Robert Mackinnon and Yathin Naidoo

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