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June 2008

Navigating Complexity – beginning the dialogue

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 30, 2008  · 

On May 26-27 2008, Wageningen International and Learning by Design organised an innovation dialogue on ‘navigating complexity’. It sought to articulate insights from the complexity sciences and systems thinking. And examine how these could reshape assumptions about the design, monitoring and evaluation of development work. This event was born out of a growing sense of urgency  about the dilemmas facing the development sector. Development organisations are guided by protocols that are essentially based on a linear approach to...

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Purpose

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 28, 2008  ·  Musings

A late night return last night, and getting ready for a four week round the world trip starting this evening impacted on getting a blog out yesterday.  To be perfectly honest I spent far too much time on the Wikipedia when I did get home.  Editing is becoming addictive and I am starting to think about working towards admin status.  We had yet another sock puppet this week but the forensics tracked the individual down so right won out again.  There is a real sense of community around some of the articles and unlike a gaming...

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Public transport again and a whinge or two

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 27, 2008  ·  Musings

I flew out to Paris this morning for a set of meetings, which involved an 0400 alarm call having got home the previous night at 2300 so it was not the best of mornings although Terminal 5 was well behaved for a change and BA have sorted out their lounges at last.  From Paris on the evening TGV to Stuttgart to run a workshop for IBM which will also allow me to meet up with some former friends and colleagues.  The whole process reminded me why I like trains, and why I get depressed about public transport in the UK.  The TGV was...

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Gardens, Psychology and Leadership

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 27, 2008  · 

I garden. More in theory than in practice. But I garden. For years, I’ve harboured hopes of bountiful harvests from my tiny vegetable patch. Several summertime pregnancies and a PhD have led to less than impressive vegetable harvests, though I can’t be accused of not having been productive in other areas. Well, this weekend, chaos happened – a hailstorm struck.  Hailstones as large as pingpongballs redecorated our car bonnet and wiped out the vegetable patch. Depressing. Everything flattened, berry branches snapped, fruit...

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The assertion of identity

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 25, 2008  ·  Reflections

An interesting question came up in some one to one discussions yesterday in Bangor.  Namely when does patriotism become prejudice?  I prefer the word identity anyway as patriotism has too many jingoistic associations.  People need to be something (identity) and they are the outcome of multiple emergent processes in which their history is an intimate part, but is it right to assert that identity?

Many of the my generation in Wales will have heard stories of their Grandparents being beaten for speaking Welsh in school as a...

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