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The Hexi packs around the EU Field Guide sold out much faster than we anticipated, and subsequent workshops and experiments using them have confirmed their power to engage people as well as to act as a form of extended memory which also extended the options available in programme design. The second edition will be out […]
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Dave Snowden
So it’s early morning here in Dallas and I’m still in part on UK time.  After a one-day delay due to flight cancellation daughter and I finally arrived in Terminal A in the early evening, but her bag went to Terminal C and mine to Terminal D, but at least they arrived!  The level of […]
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Dave Snowden
Abduction is the process of forming an explanatory hypothesis. It is the only logical operation which introduces any new idea; for induction does nothing but determine a value and deduction merely evolves the necessary consequences of a pure hypothesis (Peirce, 1998, p. 216) What seems to be the case is that there are, in nature […]
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I promised an update to my earlier post outlining a provisional seven-step process for Estuarine Mapping. I’ve run several sessions since then, including teaching the approach in Berlin using the EU Field Guide Hexi pack, the illustration to the left comes from that session.  If anything I’m getting more excited about the possibilities for this new […]
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Dave Snowden
One of my brighter ideas in recent times was the formalisation of the Entangled Trios approach and associated methods.  It wasn’t a new idea, the origins trace back to my early work in Knowledge Management and the second major article using the five-domain version of Cynefin:  Complex Acts of Knowing.  That paper focused on the […]
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Dave Snowden
I started talking about Estuarine mapping as the third major framework in the Cynefin pantheon back in May of this year as part of a short series on strategy.  I picked it up again in a post on granularity a few months later where I also linked to the more theoretical paper on which all of […]
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Dave Snowden
If you haven’t seen the glorious three series of Derry Girls then, if you do nothing else, watch this extract before reading further.  The Catholic girls are being forced into a peace and reconciliation process with the Protestant boys facilitated by a trendy priest and watched over by a cynical Nun (the best character in […]
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Dave Snowden
I’ve talked about granularity on many occasions and looking back to my original knowledge management work the idea was there as well – collections of micro-narrative not stories, multiple small projects with coherence rather than a grand strategy and so on.  That was during the period when complexity theory was starting to appear on the periphery […]
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Dave Snowden
I wrote about the significance of HTLGI in my Christmas Blog series on sacred places two years ago.  Then I was anticipating the 2020 festival but a couple of months later we were in lockdown and the Festival went online.  I enjoyed that but it wasn’t the same.  Today I was reminded of the pleasure […]
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