The muse calls

November 16, 2010

An all too brief conversation with Tom Stewart this morning (he was the opening keynote at KM World here in Washington) produced a gem of an idea, namely what poems are appropriate to give an insight into the different cynefin domains. I have long used Robert Frost’s Mending Wall to illustrate complexity. Its evocative use of the old proverb Good fences make good neighbours and the two lines My apple trees will never get across; And eat the cones under his pines show the idea of boundaries and diversity well. Tome came up with Anecdote of the Jar by Wallace Stevens for Chaos, the need to take action to allow patterns to emerge. All other ideas and suggestions welcome.

I have around 7 blogs to backfill for last week the minute I get a chance to complete them; two on the Phoenix event and the rest of my brief holiday in Arizona and New Mexico. They will be done, but not just yet.

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