Mrs Trellis, red-shirts and savings – the limits of text analysis

I’ve just finished Tim Harford‘s excellent Messy (paperback just out) alongside Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa‘s The Leopard and both have thrown up examples of phrases that brought a smile to my face and, along with an example from a conference earlier this year, highlight one of my concerns about automatic forms Read more…

Contour maps and landscapes

SenseMaker contours of narrative – how a culture might evolve, where a culture won’t shift

Moving cultural beliefs and patterns is tough – the way that people behave generates micro-narratives and stories that then inform (constrain) how other people behave.  Feedback loops and patterns that can strengthen over time, making change seem impossible*.  In our work with SenseMaker, we see this in organisational cultures, in Read more…

Complexity, micro-narratives and SenseMaker®. Tony Quinlan’s talk from the UN Data Innovation Lab , Nairobi: March 2017

It’s a couple of months ago now, but Narrate’s Chief Storyteller, Tony Quinlan, was invited to talk at the fourth UN Data Innovation Learning Lab event, held in Nairobi, Kenya in March 2017. The event focused on “making data meaningful and making the invisible visible“. The video of the talk Read more…

What lies ahead? Building CrowdSensed pictures

This week I’m in Singapore at the International Risk and Horizon Scanning Symposium – working with governments to connect Foresight, Policy and Practice.  Sometimes that’s about increasing scanning capacity to help with strategic shock, sometimes it’s about looking at underlying trends. We’re running some live experiments – if you’re reading Read more…

SenseMaker® in Health – recognition of the power of 10,000 Voices

The National Health Service in Northern Ireland are among the earliest users of SenseMaker®, working with network member Anne McMurray to explore multiple health-focussed issues.  Early examples included work around bereavement in families, allowing local teams to improve and adapt the support they provide – a report from that project is here. Most recently, Read more…

Fragments of Impact – Launching a six-month UNDP/Cognitive Edge initiative into working with complex problems

Cognitive Edge and UNDP are together launching a unique initiative  to engage with new ways of working on difficult problems in complex and fast-changing situations.  The programme will last six months and a limited number of participants are being invited from across a variety of NGO and government groups. Sign Read more…

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