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I spent most of St David’s Day this year in a somewhat convoluted walk in the Black Mountains, avoiding the summits and the bad weather and in part visiting the old deserted farm houses that are a feature of the landscape.  I need to get into the hills on this day, as it is not […]
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The Cynefin Co, Complexability and The Cynefin Centre Australia are excited to partner to showcase Complexity in Action.   Through a range of events across the week beginning 7 March you can join global practitioners as they share their learnings, experiences, adventures and misadventures! This week is about offering an opportunity to explore and share […]
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As you will probably gather from the images there is mapping theme to this post.  I’ve been talking about the need to manage in the shadow and suggesting that shining the light on things too early can destroy them, not paying attention early enough can result in disaster.  Now its important to understand that those […]
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I’m getting into the shadow theme in this series of posts, and there are strong links to ideas of dark constraints and dark scaffolding (a reference to dark matter) which are a key element in the whole body of work we are putting together on landscape mapping.  Probably the key phrase in my last post […]
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Frequently in designing  SenseMaker® projects  we end up with a client wanting to gather positive stories to support a given proposition and they are not interested in dissent, or stories of failure.  Frequently they restrict capture to those who know what stories ’need’  to be told.  Now I understand the political context that probably makes […]
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For the first blog in this mini-series in which I interview Beth Smith, click here. Beth’s interview focused more on specific case study projects, some of which I’ve compiled as part of Citizen Engagement & Democratic Innovation programme’s case studies. So dive into some diverse case studies to get some inspiration for what your own […]
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From the valleys of Wales, to the streets of Malmö, and townships in Cape Town, The Cynefin Company has been on a journey through all kinds of wonderful citizen engagement projects and now we’d like to share our stories and learnings with you.  I’ve compiled some of the Citizen Engagement & Democratic Innovation programme’s diverse […]
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If you want to take a shortcut, this blog is launching an explainer on vector theory of change—a theory of change for complex systems. *** Imagine standing at the base of a mountain. As you look up, the mist rises into a thick fog obscuring the terrain in front of you. You’re holding a map […]
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So its time to conclude this series on the nature and management of ritual and habits. I’ll confess at times I thought I might not.  I took on the subject as a means of exploring something which I knew was important but which I could only see through a glass, darkly (1 Cor 13:12 KJV).  I […]
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