Is your community thriving and connected? Is there energy for change but things stay stuck? Is it just hard to determine what to prioritise? Where and how we live has a big impact on our wellbeing, and there is now an emerging field of ecopsychology and urban planning research to back that up. If you’re […]
The Hexi packs around the EU Field Guide sold out much faster than we anticipated, and subsequent workshops and experiments using them have confirmed their power to engage people as well as to act as a form of extended memory which also extended the options available in programme design. The second edition will be out […]
Today is National Housing Day: The 18th November marks the 10th annual celebration of social housing. However, it might seem like there is little to celebrate about housing in the UK today: As rent prices soar, so do house prices: The price of an average house is 9.45 times average wage. Mortgage interest rates are […]
So it’s early morning here in Dallas and I’m still in part on UK time. After a one-day delay due to flight cancellation daughter and I finally arrived in Terminal A in the early evening, but her bag went to Terminal C and mine to Terminal D, but at least they arrived! The level of […]
Abduction is the process of forming an explanatory hypothesis. It is the only logical operation which introduces any new idea; for induction does nothing but determine a value and deduction merely evolves the necessary consequences of a pure hypothesis (Peirce, 1998, p. 216) What seems to be the case is that there are, in nature […]
Having found the process of writing my last blog Active Sensemaking, Sense-Making, Sensemaker: Apocalypse of The Proven Words, to be a valuable learning exercise in untangling some of the different words and concepts that I hear being thrown about, I am going in for round two! This time I will hone in on SenseMaker®: the […]
I promised an update to my earlier post outlining a provisional seven-step process for Estuarine Mapping. I’ve run several sessions since then, including teaching the approach in Berlin using the EU Field Guide Hexi pack, the illustration to the left comes from that session. If anything I’m getting more excited about the possibilities for this new […]
One of my brighter ideas in recent times was the formalisation of the Entangled Trios approach and associated methods. It wasn’t a new idea, the origins trace back to my early work in Knowledge Management and the second major article using the five-domain version of Cynefin: Complex Acts of Knowing. That paper focused on the […]
I started talking about Estuarine mapping as the third major framework in the Cynefin pantheon back in May of this year as part of a short series on strategy. I picked it up again in a post on granularity a few months later where I also linked to the more theoretical paper on which all of […]
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