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 […]

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: […]

Fragments of Impact – Launching a six-month UNDP/Cognitive Edge initiative into working with complex problems

Fragments of Impact – Launching a six-month UNDP/Cognitive Edge initiative into working with complex problems

Cognitive Edge and UNDP are together launching a unique initiative  to engage with new ways of working on difficult problems in complex and fast-changing situations.  The programme will last six months and a limited number of participants are being invited from across a variety of NGO and government groups. Sign up now – email Anna […]

Catching up – Learning From Incidents slides

Catching up – Learning From Incidents slides

It's been an "interesting" few weeks at breakneck pace, so I'm a bit behind in putting things up.  So, catching up bit by bit – here are the slides from the ESRC Learning From Incidents seminar at Southampton University on 15th October, along with some reflections from the morning. Download 002 Learning from Incidents – […]

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 […]

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…) […]