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 […]

Consulting on The Emperor’s new clothes

Consulting on The Emperor’s new clothes

I've noticed I have a tendency to dismiss certain approaches, particularly newer ones that may not have a decent body of theory based on good science behind them, as "the Emperor's new clothes." For those who don't know the story, here's Danny Kaye to explain: (Yes, that's a cheap shot to include a childhood favourite…) […]

The real Mexico – getting past paranoia

The real Mexico – getting past paranoia

  It’s hard to believe it’s already been three weeks, but 19th-21st May, I was part of a conference in Mexico on Soft Power and Public Diplomacy with Wilton Park, a UK government-related agency that organises thought-provoking and timely conferences around international topics. The conference itself was excellent – a tribute to the organisers who […]

Halting narratives

Halting narratives

I'm off to Colombia next week for the latest element of a great project to look at entrepreneurial attitudes across the country – this trip is to present some interim findings, develop some experimental interventions that we'll monitor in the next phase of the project. I notice that friends in the UK's first reaction to […]

How do we draw attention to an absence?

How do we draw attention to an absence?

Monday reflections on a fascinating previous week, including a great all-day session on Thursday with EU DIGIT, weaving together outputs from a SenseMaker® project, the Cynefin framework, safe-to-fail experiments and some methods from the Cognitive Edge trainings.  (It's always good to work with a good team lead by a leader who's willing to take calculated […]

Design of Understanding 2014

Design of Understanding 2014

Last Friday was the 2014 Design of Understanding day – a packed room at St Brides Library off Fleet Street, organised by the redoubtable Max Gadney of After the flood.  He and I had come across each other in a hotel bar in Kigali, Rwanda when we were both working the GirlHub Rwanda office – […]