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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

Toronto – 4 courses in May 2014

Toronto – 4 courses in May 2014

The excellent Cognitive Edge courses are running again soon – I'm due to be teaching with Michael in Toronto in May – details are here. (The venue isn't confirmed yet, but that's a decision depending on how many people we get turning, so go ahead and book quickly!) There are four courses on offer, and […]

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 […]

The Three … Musketeers?  Little Pigs?  Stooges?  Together in London

The Three … Musketeers? Little Pigs? Stooges? Together in London

Further to yesterday's post about the upcoming courses with Cognitive Edge, diaries have worked out such that Washington DC (Details here) will be a two-handed affair with myself and Dave Snowden teaching, while London (Details here)will be a unique one – three different presenters: Dave, Michael Cheveldave and myself passing the baton at different points […]