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 […]

Consulting on The Emperor’s new clothes

Consulting on The Emperor’s new clothes

I've noticed I have a tendency to dismiss certain approaches, particularly newer ones that may not have a decent body of theory based on good science behind them, as "the Emperor's new clothes." For those who don't know the story, here's Danny Kaye to explain: (Yes, that's a cheap shot to include a childhood favourite…) […]

The real Mexico – getting past paranoia

The real Mexico – getting past paranoia

Dawn over Mexico City, 19th May 2014 It's hard to believe it's already been three weeks, but 19th-21st May, I was part of a conference in Mexico on Soft Power and Public Diplomacy with Wilton Park, a UK government-related agency that organises thought-provoking and timely conferences around international topics. The conference itself was excellent – […]

Last chance for Toronto courses

Last chance for Toronto courses

This time next week I'll be heading for Toronto, where Michael Cheveldave will be starting the first Toronto course.  Details are here – Toronto – 4 courses in May 2014 Last chance to book – there are still a handful of places available for each day.  (Although fewer for the narrative day, so be quick) […]

Halting narratives

Halting narratives

I'm off to Colombia next week for the latest element of a great project to look at entrepreneurial attitudes across the country – this trip is to present some interim findings, develop some experimental interventions that we'll monitor in the next phase of the project. I notice that friends in the UK's first reaction to […]

How do we draw attention to an absence?

How do we draw attention to an absence?

Monday reflections on a fascinating previous week, including a great all-day session on Thursday with EU DIGIT, weaving together outputs from a SenseMaker® project, the Cynefin framework, safe-to-fail experiments and some methods from the Cognitive Edge trainings.  (It's always good to work with a good team lead by a leader who's willing to take calculated […]