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April 2007

The mad sculptor ....

By Dave Snowden  ·  April 30, 2007  ·  Musings

image_tools_bottom.gifBoth Matt and Johnnie Moore (are they related one asks?) pick up on Bain’s 2007 Management Tools Survey. The front page is really scary - you see a row of chisels (reproduced here) which adds a whole new dimension to the idea of does your face fit (see the title to this blog entry). I also share Johnnie’s concern that the word tool is being misused here, when many are methods. A pet hate here by the way; people keep saying methodology when they mean method. Methodology is a systems of methods, or the study of methods. Either...

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Yellow spots

By Dave Snowden  ·  April 30, 2007  ·  Musings

gave.gifI came across the following quote from Pablo Picasso over the weekend.

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
It seemed apposite, given recent discussions on the ActKM listserv in which we had an advocate of the all knowledge management has to be information management persuasion. A case of making suns into yellow spots, or reducing human intelligence and insight into data perhaps?

Of course once you...

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Washington get together: an invitation

By Dave Snowden  ·  April 28, 2007  ·  News

I am out to the US in a weeks time to keynote at the APQC conference on knowledge and innovation in Houston (along with Jimmy Wales so I am in exalted company). Its a long time since I spoke at an APQC event so I am looking forward to renewing links. I am also spending the weekend in Austin (my first visit) with two old friends and CE practitioners who were recently married (I had to miss the wedding due to the RAHS event in Singapore). I am traveling out via Washington DC for several meetings and to support sales efforts by...

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Debate and dissent

By Dave Snowden  ·  April 27, 2007  ·  Trivia

Debating%20trophy051.jpgPart of my domestic duties today included boxing up various materials from my parents' former house, to place in my loft. I had cleared them all out without thinking too much some months ago before the house was finally sold. Today I took a bit more time going through old photographs and memories. Its interesting to find out what your parents chose to keep as mementos of their children. In my case my mother seemed most interested in various debating trophies, and the expulsion letter from University for revolutionary activity,...

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Of planets, cheating, robins and the unthinkable

By Dave Snowden  ·  April 26, 2007  ·  Trivia

_42842027_planet_eso_203i.jpgThe fact, as reported by the BBC, that we might have found a planet able to sustain life, even if it is 20.5 light years away is exciting. Its still one of the basic questions and of great importance. The news is about about outward focus and discovery of new things, it is hopeful in nature. Contrast that with another news item on the industry which has grown up in China to carry out the manual task of gathering points for your World of Warcraft character; an inward focus, not about the discovery of new reality but avoidance of...

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