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 […]

Policy-making, government and Cynefin – a new 2-day course

Policy-making, government and Cynefin – a new 2-day course

There's a new course coming up – one relevant for anyone interested in public organisations, government and policy-making in uncertain times.  Luckily, I'm getting to support the course – I'll be getting to co-teach with Thomas Townsend in Ottawa in early October. The course will be running at HUB Ottawa 71 Bank Street, 6th Floor […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cynefin course

Cynefin course

Two upcoming courses that I'd highly recommend – and not just because I'm helping teach them these days.  I've recommended the Cognitive Edge courses for years, but this year has seen a major refresh of the content and approach to the material.  It's a real combination of solid theory, exercises and practical examples – all […]

Upcoming courses – Atlanta and London

Upcoming courses – Atlanta and London

The Cognitive Edge trainings are being re-configured into modular courses – in May, I’ll be working with Dave Snowden on the first London rollout of the new four-day Cynefin course. … I’ve raved about Cognitive Edge courses since I first went on one in 2005 – if you’re in communications, influence, operational roles, organisational development and strategic planning, these courses are essential to staying ahead and working in the highly uncertain environments we see all around us.

Business approaches for “complex” problems

Business approaches for “complex” problems

With Andrew Moore at DAV Management, I've written a piece recently: "New approaches to 'big' problems". It's a business piece talking about how new complexity-based approaches can offer major benefits in terms of better insights, reduced costs and greater customer loyalty over the traditional approaches to the problems. In particular, we talk about: using customer […]

Rules should define the space, not fill it

Rules should define the space, not fill it

John Kay's column in the Financial Times today chimes with a quote that struck me recently: "Rules are good. They define the edges of things" It made me think, specifically, about how rules are used in different domains of Dave Snowden's Cynefin framework. In the Simple (Known) domain, rules dominate – things are completely predictable, […]