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April 2009

From technological networks to social networks (2)

By Pascal Venier  ·  April 30, 2009  · 

There has been in the last decade much emphasis in American strategic thinking on technological network, following the work of Arthur Cebrowski and John Garstka on network-centric warfare. Mark Drapeau and Linton Wells's paper, Social Software and National Security: An Initial Net Assessment is testimony of the fact that the awareness of social networks and of their pertinence to National Security is increasing. This of course does not mean that technological networks and social networks are mutually exclusive; much to the contrary,...

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Let stories speak to power

By Dave Snowden  ·  April 29, 2009  ·  Reflections

I was back in the small unit excellence session this morning before moving on to a part of the World Bank group and thence an overnight flight to the UK. In the first session we had an initial presentation from a Major and Staff Sergeant in the Marines to give us some idea of how things currently worked. Now as most people in this field of study know, the US Marines are a long way from the stereotypes of John Wayne movies and have been involved in some of the most innovative experiments in knowledge management and decision making. It...

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Small unit excellence

By Dave Snowden  ·  April 29, 2009  ·  News

This morning I gave a presentation on judgement and decision making for small unit excellence in Alexandria. I followed a four star (we are talking about military units here) namely General James Mattis Commander US Joint Forces Command so I was in exalted company. The audience was a mix of academics and serving offices from all services including several special forces personal. Now I always enjoy military audiences, despite the stereotypes they are nearly always interested in new ideas, take experimentation seriously and, in the...

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Sunday in Alexandria

By Dave Snowden  ·  April 27, 2009  ·  Musings

P1010139.JPG Sunday has been spent in Alexandria, Virgina and a busy day. It started early (around 0400) getting involved in low level detail on our Children of the World project as we move overseas from the first UK test run. It exciting to see schoolchildren realise the value of oral history and engage, but the real tests are to come as we mange things remotely. I took a break to join Stephen Carey of Applied Knowledge (whose logo with its stylised Lorenz attractor is too good not to share) and his wife at the Chart House Restaurant which has...

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The unpacking moment ...

By Dave Snowden  ·  April 27, 2009  ·  Trivia

P1010136.JPG I have been subject to a degree of sarcasm about my enthusiasm for a recently acquired work of art which also provides a range of technological support for my work. The phrase from Steve on a skype call this morning was "Are you ever going to blog again without mentioning it?. Now I think this is a bit unfair of him, especially as I have discovered the quality of the speakers means I no longer need to carry round external ones or risk claustrophobia with headphones. I am writing this to Bizet's Pearl Fishers which contains the best...

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