A narrative or story is a report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, or still or moving images, or both. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, “to tell”, which is derived from the adjective gnarus, “knowing” or “skilled”.
After a good six years of SenseMaker® projects, one of the consistent things has been the difficulty in feeding back results to stakeholders in ways that help them make better decisions. (I'm not a fan of big reports – partly because I think they tend to make great doorstops and bin-fillers, but mostly because I'm […]
Dawn over Mexico City, 19th May 2014 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 – […]
One week to go until the courses start in London. Details here Dave Snowden and I are teaching Days 1-3, while Dave is doing Day 4. The brochure is here – now get yourself together and I'll see you there!
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 […]
I’ve been working with SenseMaker® now in development projects for a few years and I was recently reflecting on how far we’ve come in what we do. Lots of lessons – often learned the hard way in the early stages, but never disastrously. It’s time to share some of those lessons, for anyone who’s interested. […]
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) […]
I recently ran a webinar with Michael Cheveldave about how to pull insights from SenseMaker® via the Cognitive Edge website. We recorded the session and all the questions and answers – the video and supporting materials are all now available to Premium Network Members at the Cognitive Edge website. It's in the Library/Assemblies section – […]
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 […]
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 […]
A short blog today – there's a longer one that's half-written about how we might build a framework for common central monitoring of multiple local projects, but that needs a little more teasing out and work to make it mroe practical. So today, the perfect lead-in – another new project starting with the UNDP in […]