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October 2008

The dogmas of the quiet past

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 27, 2008  ·  Reflections
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We can succeed only by concert. It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?” The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

Abraham Lincoln, Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862

There are some quotations that are timeless in their applicability and this is one of them....

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to distinguish the ordinary

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 26, 2008  ·  Reflections

P1010021.JPG I have just loaded the podcast of my speech in the Melbourne Arts Centre last week. There are no slides, I only used two in the hour and they were just bookmarks. The picture is from a wonderful room where we held a smaller workshop in the morning. It well illustrates the power if light and patterns to distinguish the ordinary and the mundane (look closely and you wil see what I mean and there are more on the flickr stream). The basic theme of the presentation was innovation, but in the context of the current economic climate I did...

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The influence of SciFi

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 26, 2008  ·  Surreal

Every time I flip open my Nokia it feels like I should say Beam me up Scotty, so its nice to see this neat collection of many other examples. Hat tip to Pasta&Vinegar for this and other links.

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An interlude

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 25, 2008  ·  Trivia

Its been a frantic few days with a whirlwind of presentations in Melbourne and Perth combined with flights and general sleep depravationdeprivation. I'm now in Singapore, in one of my favourite places to stay, refreshed with a long awaited meal of chicken rice (thanks Dawn) and planning to sleep in Saturday. I'm in Singapore for the a week to run an accreditation course (places still available) and catch up on various contacts as well as attend a network gathering. Some great conversations yesterday on battlefield knowledge management...

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5Cs

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 22, 2008  ·  Reflections

Some time I ago I hazarded 3Cs of complexity. At the time Daivd Cronshaw suggested I add context which was a good idea, and I also want to add coalescence to make it up to five. I'm going to run those out at a keynote this lunch time, so in summary here they are:

  • Constraint is key to understanding complexity, it governs the transition between the three ontologies. Increase constraint and you create an ordered system; do that inappropriately and you create the conditions for catastrophic failure; remove constraint and the system is...

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