The Girl Research Unit – Rwanda’s expert SenseMakers®

The Girl Research Unit – Rwanda’s expert SenseMakers®

The other week I was out in Kigali, Rwanda again – looking at the frameworks and practicalities around the upcoming three-year programme working with young girls across the country. SenseMaker® will be a big part of the evaluation and we'll be exploring how to use it for continuous monitoring at the same time. But this […]

One umbrella, many projects

One umbrella, many projects

On Wednesday, I spoke with various government colleagues about potential applications of SenseMaker.  Slides are here: Download 002 Narrative background In the course of the session, we talked about the possibility of building multiple SenseMaker® projects under a single umbrella organisation. It's the model that UNDP have successfully built upon – based around a couple […]

First courses of 2014 have just gone up…

First courses of 2014 have just gone up…

The first Cognitive Edge courses of 2014 have just gone up on their website and I'm planning on teaching on some of them.  Full dates for all courses are available here, but specific ones I'm down to be teaching include: 3-6 March 2014, Washington DC. Details here. 10-13 March 2014, London. Details here. 24-27 March […]

All assistance short of actual help

All assistance short of actual help

… or “Monitoring and watching without action is an intrusive waste of resource” Over Christmas, I heard a story via a convoluted but accurate route about an individual who had something of a “family situation” take place – one that involved the police and a frustrating visit to a hospital to deal with a family member’s mental health issues. … Much of the work we’ve been doing recently is around detecting early warning of shifts in attitudes and the like – but as some frustrated individuals can attest, we steadfastly refuse to rely entirely on analysis and results.

Still time – Cognitive Edge Practitioner courses in November

Still time – Cognitive Edge Practitioner courses in November

I hadn't realised that the Early Bird discounts have already expired on the upcoming Cognitive Edge November courses. That said, they're still great courses* and very valuable for anyone who's dealing with complex problems – innovation, knowledge management, cultural understanding and shifts, etc. There are two courses coming up – the Practitioner Foundations on 20th-21st […]

An unusual reversal

An unusual reversal

I'm quite used to holidays beginning with a bug or virus of some sort that floors me for the first few days – it's not uncommon, given the weeks before the holiday are usually spent running full-tilt, in part to get work done and in part to keep ahead of any bugs or viruses. (The […]

Busking with a sense of humour

Busking with a sense of humour

I spotted this busker at the bottom of the steps opposite the Bali memorial on Horseguards Parade and King Charles Street. Given that the building behind her is the Treasury, she obviously has a keen sense of humour – where else would you want to be seen fiddling?

Highly recommended – Cognitive Edge courses for Autumn 2011

Highly recommended – Cognitive Edge courses for Autumn 2011

There are spaces left on the London course this Autumn for Cognitive Edge accreditation.  It’s running 13th-14th September for the main Cognitive Edge background and methods, with the SenseMaker™ workshop immediately following. For researchers, marketeers, communicators, as well as the more obvious knowledge management professionals, there is no course that I’d recommend more highly.  The first […]

Not what I’d planned

Not what I’d planned

We're organising a workshop with Dave Snowden in November and that was going to be today's note. But instead you get this, which I stumbled on this evening in Letchworth. A mysterious group huddled near the fountain, complete with a large video screen – untold wonders by Letchworth standards. On further inspection, it was a […]