Several interactions over social media have left me somewhat frustrated by the inability of several people who could know better (I exclude the odd attention-seeking troll from this) to understand one of the key aspects of complexity namely managing the nature of a system to encourage emergence. The minute you imply any intentionality they immediately […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Cynefin Retreat on ‘Learning in Complex Adaptive Systems’ was idyllically located in the Welsh countryside. A group of big, interwoven, fairy-tale-like looking trees in front of the impressive (and unpronounceable) Coed-y-Mwstwr hotel seemed to welcome us, participants. For the next three days, we would apply Dave Snowden’s Triopticon process to explore and discuss what […]
Society… as in any living organism, is the co-operative consensus of multitudes of cells, each living in exchange with others. (Dewey, J., 1931. Individualism Old and New. London: George Allen and Unwin). It’s a truism to say that education is complex. We accept it and we talk about preparing our learners to be “future-proof”, “agile” […]
Some readers will know that I started my commercial career in the personnel department of an international survey company. I’d come off a difficult period of the best part of a year without a job, the experience of which never really leaves you. The department was then run by a retired army major with […]
I really can’t remember a time in my life which didn’t feature science fiction or fantasy in some form. Thinking back it probably stems from going to the Disney Movie of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea which was released in the year of my birth but still around in children’s cinema when I was […]
Ten years ago today I was walking around the horrors of Auschwitz-Birkenau when an email came in from my Doctor to say that the results of my tests can come back and I had Type II Diabetes. There is an irony there in the speech by Obersturmfürer Hössler to Greek Jews about the enter the […]
A week ago I put up what I thought would be a provocative post on LinkedIn on the subject of psychometric tests. It’s a subject I have addressed before. Once with a slight tongue-in-cheek suggestion that Tom Lehrer’s Poisoning Pigeons in the Park provided a role model in how to treat the cult end […]
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