An amateur gumshoe

An amateur gumshoe

That was fun. On the bus last night from Paddington where I'm running the four one-day CSM courses with Dave Snowden. (Tomorrow is on narrative – shaping it, understanding it, researching it.  The next set will be in September – you really should be there! Book it here.) As the bus emptied at Warren Street […]

Admin as avoidance of responsibility

Admin as avoidance of responsibility

I’ve noticed that when I find myself micro-managing people or doing detailed work, it’s often because I’m avoiding the bigger or more difficult elements of my own role. This year, I’m re-learning to hand off things for others to do. At this point, I recognise my role is to set direction, to coach and mentor […]

What are your intentions in reading this?

What are your intentions in reading this?

It all built the market, I believed that part of Narrate’s USP was the perspective I brought to the work – and that at worst it meant that I had a spur to continue to be innovative and coming up with the next thing to keep ahead of the magpies. … I say this, not to accuse, but to give voice to a disquiet I have in sharing some of the practice I’ve developed – I want to talk about some elements I’ve found really useful in SenseMaker® – but I find I’m reluctant to share and that I am disappointed to find myself being guarded and considering my words and thoughts more carefully.

Closing 2013 and opening up 2014

Closing 2013 and opening up 2014

When you’re presented with lots of excellent examples of people’s experience (the Northern Ireland 10,000 Voices project has already gathered 1100 examples of patients’ experiences), the temptation is still to read them all, and act quickly on the ones that strike you. … To gain a better understanding of the issues facing youth in Kyrgyzstan today, we’re introducing micronarratives – young people will collect, tell and interpret their own stories, providing a better understanding of the challenges they face in their everyday lives, and also helping to identify any gaps in the knowledge and skills of young people in order to shape the focus of our outreach activities.

Rwanda re-visited – visuals of conference pieces

Rwanda re-visited – visuals of conference pieces

A fabulous event, run by the Girl Effect University team from the Nike Foundation. The Girl agenda started in Rwanda.jpg I was lucky to be talking and introducing the Girl Research Unit – six young Rwandan women who are researchers trained in various techniques, including narrative research and SenseMaker, who have been gathering stories using the SenseMaker app across Rwanda. Our first day session went like this: GLS Day 1 session representation.jpg By Juliet Hutchings at The Flying Deskset With a different trio from the GRU, the second day session went like this: GLS Day 2 session representation.jpg By Nitya Wakhlu who had also spent a few days ahead of the Summit training up local facilitators in how to create these fantastic visualisations.

Boston Foundation course coming up

Boston Foundation course coming up

I had a blast last week in the Docklands, teaching first the Cognitive Edge Foundations course then teaching with Dave Snowden the Cognitive Edge Advanced course. … (And before any possible revamps of course materials.) 11th-12th December in Boston, MA – I’ll be teaching the Foundations course 13th-14th December – Dave’ll be teaching the Advanced course There are a few spots available on both courses, but better be quick – last week in London, the room was at capacity…

New York or New Year?

New York or New Year?

A useful lesson already this week – don’t combine re-entry from a significant foreign trip with an office move and the setting up of networks and other systems that that entails! … Getting back to the UK late on Saturday meant that the first real day of working should have been yesterday, but the final commissioning of phone and broadband to the new office meant that it was instead setting up the new network and moving the IT in, once I’d checked that everything was up and running.

Narrative for Marketing Measurement

Narrative for Marketing Measurement

As promised on Tuesday night at the Royal Society, here are my slides from the Marketing Measurement talk… Download Marketing Measurement – Narrate presentation for Cranfield Alumni 8th Oct 2012 As always with my slides – highly visual.  You had to be there!