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It’s become a Christmas tradition for me to write a series of posts around a single theme.  I’ve covered food, welsh poetry and other subjects  and last year I did a general update on the wider body of knowledge which is naturalising sense-making.  This year I asked for suggestions in our Cynefin Company internal slack […]
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The picture of the Gannel Estuary to left brings back memories of a slightly fraught day on my trip around the South-West Coast Path.  Crossing the estuary on foot requires fairly precise timing as the title bridge is covered two hours either side of low tide.  given the need to have the car at the […]
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It’s winter solstice and as I live in the heart of Neolithic England we are always more than aware of such events. Avebury (a much older and in many ways more interesting stone circle than Stonehenge) is a shortish walk from my house as-is Silbury Hill, the West Kennet Long Barrow, Devil’s Den and the […]
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In yesterday’s post, I made it clear that I wasn’t writing a philosophical article per se, but rather responding to the idea put forward on social media that Cynefin might act as a framework for understanding ethics, and more specifically how we make decisions.  In doing this I am taking a pragmatic approach based on […]
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Three things triggered today’s post: a LinkedIn request for ethical-decision making frameworks; the blatant manipulation of the ‘rules’ in the FI final race to manufacture TV Ratings and finally a New Scientist article with the title Survival of the friendliest: Why Homo sapiens outlived other humans. That article looks at the evidence for why Homo Sapiens, despite being a late […]
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I joined the Cynefin Centre seven months ago, and with a background in health systems felt well versed to take on what complexity thinking had to throw at me. However, joining the world of anthro-complexity, sense-making, and complex adaptive systems has opened up a universe of possibilities and explorations that I had not thought were […]
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I’ve been expressing some irritation on social media over the last week or so with idealised approaches to getting agreement to how things should be with little attention to the journey.  Also the linked guilt tripping that goes with a failure to buy in to the latest collection of platitudes.  Discovering that for just over […]
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My mother had a love for the work of Tom Lehrer so from a young age I grew up listing to his songs. To this day key phrases from his songs come to mind, especially when meeting some of the manipulative stupidities that attempt to pass themselves off as new methods and approaches to organisational […]
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