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Keith Fortowsky
Jochum opened his guest blog with a quote from the book which radically changed his perspective. As I say goodbye to my guest blog, I want to close from a book which radically changed mine. If I had read Primo Levi's The Monkey's Wrench before my twenties, I would be probably be a chemical or […]
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Keith Fortowsky
Please note that this post is NOT by Dave Snowden; it is a guest blog.  Unfortunately in the last rebuild of the web site all posts by guest bloggers were ported over without the key field that identified them.  If anyone recognizes the author please tell us and we will correct.   In a previous […]
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Keith Fortowsky
My previous post was essentially about different worldviews reflected/reinforced in differing views of "complexity". Before I am done my guest blogger stint, I will post about differing worldviews of "systems". Today, while doing some research about a Drupal site I am designing, I came across a great post about how our worldview reflects/reinforces our use […]
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Keith Fortowsky
Reading Dave's post regarding "The major obstacle to the adoption of social computing" (which Dave says is "the IT department trying to over-constrain the system") motivates me to do two things which surprise myself: i) justify the current practices of IT Departments; and, by doing # i ii) disagree publicly with Dave Snowden. (Well, o.k., […]
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Keith Fortowsky
Prior to training in Cognitive Edge and SenseMaker (in Amsterdam, Sept. 2008), I hadn't been excited by a "new way" since Enron - specifically, the ways of Enron as told to us by the holy writ of the McKinsey Quarterly (which, in those far off days, circa 2000, was available free online!). For those few […]
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Keith Fortowsky
I've suddenly realized that writer's block might come because there is too much you want to say, rather than too little. I barely know where to start and yet know I don't have a lot of time to sketch it out. I mean this in two senses: my guest blog is over in 4 days, […]
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Keith Fortowsky
Today's New York Times has a story about the reckoning for Citigroup: “Our job is to set a tone at the top to incent people to do the right thing and to set up safety nets to catch people who make mistakes or do the wrong thing and correct those as quickly as possible. And […]
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Keith Fortowsky
On Thursday night I attended an fundraising art auction for my wife's employer, the Regina Early Learning Centre, and was surprised to come away with this painting by Henry Beaudry. My parents were teachers, and I grew up in the forests of Canada's northern shield, northern Saskatchewan and the MacKenzie valley in the Northwest Territories […]
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Keith Fortowsky
Apparently the roles of kids in a neighborhood have alway been a rich source of metaphors in the financial industry. And one of the few activities that haven't melted away in the current environment. In Michael Lewis' The End, upon which I commented in an earlier posting: Goldman Sachs was the big kid who ran […]
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