Cognitive Edge Sensemaker-webinar

SenseMaker and social change dynamics – slides and video

This week, Tony joined fellow complexity explorer Marcus Jenal for a webinar hosted by Laurie Webster for Cognitive Edge.  Looking at social change, both presenters talked about recent experiences of using SenseMaker to explore social and attitudinal change.  The webinar was recorded and is available for watching at Cognitive Edge’s Read more…

The Cynefin framework

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 Read more…

The Three … Musketeers? Little Pigs? Stooges? Together in London

Further to yesterday's post about the upcoming courses with Cognitive Edge, diaries have worked out such that Washington DC (Details here) will be a two-handed affair with myself and Dave Snowden teaching, while London (Details here)will be a unique one – three different presenters: Dave, Michael Cheveldave and myself passing Read more…

The weight of cattle – an extruded parable…

Whenever I’m lucky enough to teach (DC next week for anyone who’s interested and Amsterdam in early February), one of the key points we cover on the Cognitive Edge Practitioner Foundations at the moment derives from James Suriowecki’s “The Wisdom of Crowds”. It’s how when using large groups of experts the average answer is better than any single answer, iff: a) every respondent is knowledgeable about the subject; and b) answers are given independently, without seeing others’ answers.

First, do no harm…

For example, I sat watching a group looking at intervening in a natural disaster situation – extremely effective, intelligent people coming up with interventions that would be “safe”: funding local villages to find their own water (on the basis that they may know about natural resources, but didn’t have the wherewithal to transport it). … The upshot is that, for all the fear of the “f-word”, safe-to-fail probes are relatively simple to produce: Do no harm Make them low-resource Make them situation-relevant (much easier if you have narrative material coming in) Monitor them Increase the diversity of people looking at the problem

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