SenseMaker contours of narrative – how a culture might evolve, where a culture won’t shift

SenseMaker contours of narrative – how a culture might evolve, where a culture won’t shift

Moving cultural beliefs and patterns is tough – the way that people behave generates micro-narratives and stories that then inform (constrain) how other people behave.  Feedback loops and patterns that can strengthen over time, making change seem impossible*.  In our work with SenseMaker, we see this in organisational cultures, in national values and beliefs and […]

Resilience from weak links and acquaintances, not strong links and friends

Resilience from weak links and acquaintances, not strong links and friends

A recent conversation with client-turned-friend Kecia Bertermann*, Monitoring and Learning Director at GirlEffect, prompted some thoughts around global social networks – something Kecia’s been working on generating for young girls in varying countries. While the focus is naturally towards creating friendship groups – strong local links in individuals’ networks – as a core part of […]

Complexity, micro-narratives and SenseMaker®.  Tony Quinlan’s talk from the UN Data Innovation Lab , Nairobi: March 2017

Complexity, micro-narratives and SenseMaker®. Tony Quinlan’s talk from the UN Data Innovation Lab , Nairobi: March 2017

It’s a couple of months ago now, but Narrate’s Chief Storyteller, Tony Quinlan, was invited to talk at the fourth UN Data Innovation Learning Lab event, held in Nairobi, Kenya in March 2017. The event focused on “making data meaningful and making the invisible visible“. The video of the talk is available on YouTube here: […]

Nudging people towards latrines

Nudging people towards latrines

Nice article today on the WorldBank and its behavioural change aims – my favourite piece was this: Toilets, for example. Nowhere is open defecation more prominent than in India, where more than 600 million people have no access to a toilet. But even where proper sanitation has been installed, “people tend not to want to […]

Fragments of Impact – an update

Fragments of Impact – an update

Back in June 2015, we began the Fragments of Impact programme, partnering with UNDP, to explore how to use SenseMaker® in monitoring and evaluation. This week we’re back in Istanbul, with all the various participants to teach and explore the data and what to do next – in terms of interventions, in terms of monitoring […]

What lies ahead? Building CrowdSensed pictures

What lies ahead? Building CrowdSensed pictures

This week I’m in Singapore at the International Risk and Horizon Scanning Symposium – working with governments to connect Foresight, Policy and Practice.  Sometimes that’s about increasing scanning capacity to help with strategic shock, sometimes it’s about looking at underlying trends. We’re running some live experiments – if you’re reading this on 7th/8th July join […]

Down your way – Singapore, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur

Down your way – Singapore, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur

Just a brief one ahead of upcoming travels for anyone who wants to meet up.  I’m teaching courses and working on projects in July in Singapore and Melbourne: Introduction to SenseMaker®, Singapore – 13-14th July Complex facilitation techniques, Singapore – 16-17th July Introduction to SenseMaker®, Melbourne – 20-21st July Complex facilitation techniques, Melbourne – 23-24th […]