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The science of common sense

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 20, 2015  ·  Musings

A solid day's teaching at Hull Business School today based one a set of material I have used in this type of context several times.   Session one is complexity, session two the cognitive aspects (distinguishing cognitive complexity from computational approaches) and then finally SenseMaker® under the general banner of narrative research.  The final session tends to use slides as I need to show narrative landscapes and entry/retrieval.  But for the rest of the programme I chalk and talk; that allows far greater flexibility and you...

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Lines in the sands of time

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 19, 2015  ·  Reflections

Up to Hull today to deliver my first lecture tomorrow in what I hope will be a long term relationship.   Yasmin Merali has moved there from Warwick and my loyalties have moved with her, although I am still to lecture on their MBA programme this year.    Yasmin is an old and loyal friend.   Unlike the Prof at Surrey University she stayed with me during the dead-john-years in IBM (I may tell that story one day, but it was nasty, brutish and short) at some cost.  She also introduced me to Max Boisot for which the debt is beyond my...

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Thinking differently for SenseMaker®

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 18, 2015  ·  Musings

A rather novel to start to the day; discovering that the Cathedral Road B&B I am staying in is owned and managed by Charlotte Church's father.  We exchange comments on dealing with wayward daughters and the loss to Welsh Rugby of Gavin Henson.  This is a part of South Wales I love, the lack of pretension and the refusal to take fame seriously.   I remember a long conversation about rugby with Tom Jones when I was luck enough to sit next to him on a flight back from Milan several years ago.  Breakfast over it was down to Atlantic...

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Hireath

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 17, 2015  · 

Down to Cardiff this morning for a two workshop which will define a series of SenseMaker® projects for the health sector.  We are holding it in the SWALEC stadium which of of itself triggers memories.   Glamorgan Cricket Club used to play at what is now the Arms Park and I spend many days there watching them play visiting overseas teams.   I still have Wes Hall's autograph somewhere.  Cardiff is a strange place for me, I regard it as home but I have only ever lived there for a few months back at the age of four.   We stayed in the...

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Good to have few choices

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 16, 2015  ·  Musings

One of the interesting aspects of spending far too much time on planes is that you often see films that you would not otherwise seek out.  OK it can be bad; I ended up watching the Spice Girls Move on one Qantas flight as I had exhausted all other options on two trips to Singapore and one to Australia in the same month.  Ironically a few weeks later I ended up sitting next to Baby Spice in Club but didn't realise until the autograph hunters started to sneak up from economy.

Either way to get to the point!  Flying out to Los...

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