The Cynefin Retreat on ‘Learning in Complex Adaptive Systems’ was idyllically located in the Welsh countryside. A group of big, interwoven, fairy-tale-like looking trees in front of the impressive (and unpronounceable) Coed-y-Mwstwr hotel seemed to welcome us, participants. For the next three days, we would apply Dave Snowden’s Triopticon process to explore and discuss what […]
Society… as in any living organism, is the co-operative consensus of multitudes of cells, each living in exchange with others. (Dewey, J., 1931. Individualism Old and New. London: George Allen and Unwin). It’s a truism to say that education is complex. We accept it and we talk about preparing our learners to be “future-proof”, “agile” […]
Yesterday I established the basis for knowledge mapping, namely to ask a meaningful question in a meaningful context. I promised that I would place that into a wider programme which, in the language of our new Hexi approach, is called an assembly. Astute readers may also have spotted a developing theme in both the banner […]
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 […]
This is going to be a rambling ride, so strap in. There was once a little TV show about vampires called True Blood. It run for several seasons, and I abandoned it around Season 4. Season 1 was interesting, 3 was deliciously campy, but season 2 contained seeds of wisdom. In Season 2, a maenad […]
I’ve been much occupied of late, developing the methods and tools around Estuarine Mapping, the third sense-making framework along with Cynefin and Flexuous Curves. As a part of that, I’ve also been working on a range of typologies which includes enhancing constraint mapping from its very early days six years ago to the EU Field […]
Making things simple but not simplistic is where I left yesterday’s post and that leads me into what is still, to a degree a vexatious issue in Cynefin and to a degree an unresolved tension. I refer to the use of constraints as key to domain definition. The stable version of Cynefin talks about order as […]
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 […]
In yesterday’s post, I made it clear that I wasn’t writing a philosophical article per se, but rather responding to the idea put forward on social media that Cynefin might act as a framework for understanding ethics, and more specifically how we make decisions. In doing this I am taking a pragmatic approach based on […]
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