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 […]

UNDP Innovation Conversation on Complexity 27 September, 2017 – video available

UNDP Innovation Conversation on Complexity 27 September, 2017 – video available

Last week, Tony gave a talk at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Navigating Complex Adaptive Systems. Brilliantly hosted by the UNDP Innovation team, particularly Malika, the video from the hour-long presentation is here The presentation looked at the core elements of complexity, how to approach dealing with complex systems and included questions on […]

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 […]

Longitudinal antibiotics

Longitudinal antibiotics

The other week I pointed out the initial voting to decide what the topic of the upcoming Longitude Problem was going to be.  The six possibilities were: FlightHow can we fly without damaging the environment? WaterHow can we ensure everyone can have access to safe and clean water? ParalysisHow can we restore movement to those […]

The barber is shaving the donkey

The barber is shaving the donkey

A compound in a village near Dhaka, Bangladesh Last week saw a return to BRAC in Bangladesh.  Working with IRC again, following on from two successful pilots 18 months ago – one around latrine behaviour change, the other around participation and attitudes to Village Wash Committees. This time we were asked back to start a […]

London courses – 16-19 June 2014

London courses – 16-19 June 2014

I’m teaching in with Michael Cheveldave in Toronto today, while Dave and Sonja do the same in South Africa. (It’s been a while since we needed simultaneous sessions on different continents.) The London workshops are coming up between 16th and 19th June. Check out the Cognitive Edge website for details and to snap up some […]

Getting more good results – while avoiding the “Best Practice” trap

Getting more good results – while avoiding the “Best Practice” trap

Next week in New York, I’m with Cognitive Edge and UNDP exploring how to scale up projects without falling into the “duplicate and enlarge” trap. Development experts and scientists from ecology, neuroscience and complexity are coming together to look at what new approaches we can fashion that work more practically and effectively than current approaches to scaling up.

Overstating the end-state, Obscuring the objective

Overstating the end-state, Obscuring the objective

I came across a glorious Churchill quote recently while reading Billy Bragg's The Progressive Patriot. It wasn't one I had heard before, but it sums up beautifully something that challenges many of the people I talk to – how to set direction and objectives for large numbers of people, many of whom have different perspectives […]