Washington DC – courses coming up in September 2014

Washington DC – courses coming up in September 2014

Early bird discount's finished, but there's still time to book on the upcoming Washington DC Cognitive Edge courses – which would be highly recommended even if I weren't teaching with Michael Cheveldave. (I won't be there for the Narrative day on 2nd October, though – I'll have gone to Ottawa by then to work with […]

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 […]

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 […]

Narratives, strategic narratives and micro-narratives

Narratives, strategic narratives and micro-narratives

If there’s one massive change in the 12 years since I founded Narrate, it’s the use of the word “narrative”. Back then, any mention of the word was met with at best a puzzled query as to its relevance and at worst a comment to the effect that I must have been smoking something strong… […]

CASE presentation materials

CASE presentation materials

Yesterday afternoon was another interesting presentation – this time to the CASE group of internal communicators from Higher Education. Smart people, fun afternoon and just to add to the mix, I got to speak with Ghassan Kharian of Kharian and Box, who I haven't seen in a while. Following his presentation was a challenge… I […]

Stalk like an Egyptian

Stalk like an Egyptian

  I'm head-deep in my dataset of micro-narratives from Egypt today stalking results – I hope to put something up later in the week to show what emerges from all this fabulous data. (For a taster, here are a couple of quick triads from the project:    In the meantime, however, I wanted to point […]

References and resources from HEERA conference presentation

References and resources from HEERA conference presentation

For everyone at yesterday's HEERA conference session, here are the main slides and some of the resources I mentioned: HEERA Conference slides For the basketball video I mentioned. More on Dave Snowden's Cynefin framework: The Harvard Business Review article on complexity/leadership/decision-making by Dave Snowden Dave's in-depth article on complexity and its implications, "The new dynamics […]

Story branding – Storytelling in Communications 2

Story branding – Storytelling in Communications 2

The second part of the series I promised on using narrative and storytelling from the slide I showed the LGComms conference earlier this year. (Part 1 was Get the Story Straight). When I showed this slide at LGComms, I knew only to well that "Branding – the stories to attract outsiders" was misleading. It was […]