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June 2008

Picking up the thread

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 25, 2008  · 

Two things for now. The first is more of a comment on Irene's 'Aha! Moment in the Development Sector'. I can really recommend Narrative Policy Analysis by Emery Roe (Duke University Press, Durham/London,1994). This book elaborates on the benefits from applying contemporary literary theory to policy analysis using case studies in environmental and development policies. On page 5 it promises: "By establishing and fixing the assumptions for decision making, these narratives enable governments and donor agencies to make and implement...

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GON OUT BACKSON BISY BACKSON

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 25, 2008  ·  Great places

P1010185.JPGApologies for my absence, four whole days without a blog is unprecedented.  I landed at midday last Friday, dashed home picked up the children and got to Bristol just in time to fly out to Italy to the wedding or Nancy and Andrea - our first CE practitioner wedding!.  I then got back early Monday morning and dashed up to Warwick to teach, thence to Bangor to address a Welsh Assembly Summer School on narrative and leadership.  More on that tomorrow when I wake up!  For the moment I share one of the wedding photo's here.  If you...

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An ‘Aha!’ Moment in the Development Sector

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 19, 2008  · 

The development sector really does manage to get its knickers in a knot at times. While agreeing that ‘it’s all rather complex’, they continue to hold on like shipwrecked sailors to linear models of planning, monitoring and evaluating, scratching their heads about why ‘it isn’t working’. And the sharks circle ever closer –dissatisfied donors who want to see value for money, frustrated activists having to provide data, overworked staff trying to chase up and make sense of the information that does trickle in. Innovation...

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Good Lord preserve us from fundamentalism

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 19, 2008  ·  Polemic

One can get very depressed flicking between television channels early in the morning in the US.  I've ended up with a very scary documentary about Jerry Falwell who died a year ago.  In parallel I have been reading Stuart Kaufmann's new book Reinventing the Sacred which reminds me a lot two Jesuit philosophers who profoundly influenced my early thinking, namely Teilhard de Chardin and Karl Rahner.  Now none of the three would agree, but all are seeking to celebrate and understand the creativity that we encounter in the natural...

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5 Americano Grande’s drunk, 3 Starbucks City Mugs acquired

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 18, 2008  ·  Trivia

P1010119.JPGA bit of a nightmare journey from Seattle.  I made the fatal error of arriving at the airport early and switching to an earlier flight.  I should know this never works.  We all got on the plane, then the pilot found a fault so we got off, two hours later we finally took off and landed in San Deigo at midnight thirty.  I got to the Hilton Torres Pines an hour later to snatch four hours sleep before running a one day strategy session.  Depite the lack of sleep that went well and a great pleasure to be working with Mary Boone (my...

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