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January 2009


By Dave Snowden  ·  January 31, 2009  ·  Reflections

P1010121.JPG I had intended to be home today after a long three weeks that has taken me to Atlanta, Washington, Connecticut, Novia Scotia and finally Manchester and Llandrindod Wells. My original intent was to hire a car in Manchester and drive through the Welsh Marches to a workshop for various Welsh Local Authorities. From there a four hour drive would take me home. The marches road is one I know well as I drove it many a time with my father to help out with his duties as a veterinary surgeon, and then later a a solitary and strictly amateur...


A frustrated question (but answers are welcome)

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 30, 2009  ·  Polemic

I've had several meetings with people in local and provincial government over the last few days. One of the things I would be really interested to find out is just how much money they are spending on questionnaires and focus groups and to what effect? Everyone seems to know they don't work, but the orthodoxy says they have to be done.


An all too brief visit to Halifax

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 28, 2009  ·  News

P1010110.JPG A flying visit to the cold of Halifax, Novia Scotia was a good way to end this North American trip. The photograph is from a sculpture outside the arts centre where I ran a half day workshop earlier today. Its my second visit and both have been brief because this is a fascinating place. A major British Naval base from the 18th Century, or major importance during the war of 1812. In the last war it was the base where the convoys assembled before risking all to cross the Atlantic. The Corvettes which escorted them, immortalised in The...


Point of View

By Jeffrey Goldstein  ·  January 28, 2009  · 

As my first guest blog I thought it appropriate to start off with some remarks on the issue of “point of view” since whatever else blogs may be, they inescapably present the author’s point of view. To be sure, the notion of “points of view”, otherwise known under the more technically philosophical term “perspectivalism,” has been taken by the more strident post-modernists as implying a relativization of all positions. However, I’m not going in that direction by bringing up the subject here. Indeed, I think that extreme...


Horizon scanning webinar

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 27, 2009  ·  News

For those interested myself and Michael Jackson will be doing a webinar on Horizon Scanning in March. Details below and expect some blogs on the subject shortly. Cognitive Edge is engaged in an exciting project with Shaping Tomorrow (Mike's company) that could transform Horizon Scanning so this a chance to get some early insight.

Ark Group Webinars presents:

Professor Dave Snowden & Dr Michael Jackson on
Protecting your organisation against future uncertainty

A 1 hr 30 min webinar
Thursday 19th March, 4.00 – 5.30 pm