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Dave Snowden
I’m finishing off my entry for the Sage Encyclopaedia of Action Research on organisational storytelling.  It has been interesting to summarise a broad field into a low word count without references (although there is a reading list).  One aspect which will amuse me next year is that I can cite it for the entry on […]
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marcmaxson
I’m pleased to be invited as a guest blogger! I actually don’t know many of the other insightful bloggers here, which is a shame since there are so many interesting ideas. I stay holed up in East Africa running the GlobalGiving Storytelling Project and doing whatever it takes to turn >13,000 stories into meaningful community […]
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Dave Snowden
I was trying to remember when COVID started to impact me personally and touch wood despite lots of social contacts I either haven’t had it or didn’t notice if I did).  Yes, I was aware of it, and that awareness crept up slowly and remorselessly.  When it started it felt a little like SARS, not […]
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Nia Williams
Bristol, UK and New York, NY, March 11th, 2022 – The Cynefin Co. and LEON announce their partnership today, coinciding with Women’s Month. Between The Cynefin Co.’s story-driven approach to data and LEON’s data-driven analysis and solutions platform for managers, the partnership is a very complementary and exciting one. Both companies are passionate about liberating human potential and […]
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Dave Snowden
In yesterday’s post, I was concerned about both the abuse of power, and the effectiveness of confessional use of language.  The desire to compel people to put into words (generally the words of power in the facilitator’s culture and/or ideology) learning is problematic to say the least.  And the excuse of no one is compelled to […]
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Dave Snowden
Writing the first part of this a couple of days ago was very therapeutic, I got a lot of anger out of the system and slept well in consequence.  And in response to those who have asked, no I won’t name names or give any more clues.  The post certainly attracted attention in social media […]
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Dave Snowden
This is the second post in my three-part series on creating aporia and I will admit I was worried yesterday that I would struggle to get to three approaches in the aesthetics category. But when I thought about I realised there was a lot more and I ended up with a round dozen in three […]
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Dave Snowden
A lot of the early work on narrative, which I summarised yesterday was largely based on instinct and common sense.  There was background theory – I focused on aesthetics and ethics when I studied Philosophy and I was formally trained in rhetoric at school and carried that forward into competitive debating at University and beyond. […]
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