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By Willem Brethouwr  ·  June 30, 2009  · 

I started my first blog end of March last year. As a market researcher I’m obsessed with figures. As a co founder of MarketResponse, a market research and consultancy in the Netherlands I discovered at that time that on the first of February next year, my company will celebrate its 25th birthday. Now as I started to write blog I found out two things. First of all that the countdown to the previously mentioned birthday was 666 days. Well, that is a message in itself isn’t it? Great coincidence or some bad guidance from hell? I...

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Seminar on complexity

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 25, 2009  ·  News

We've just had a couple of cancellations on the seminar next week (30th June) so some places are open again. It's a purposefully small group, spending a day understanding the implications for policy and practice of complexity theory. I mix basic teaching with discussing the issues faced by people in the group, so it is a real seminar rather than a lecture or a class. It builds on the HBR article and other material. For those interested you can book here. Given the short notice an introduction by a registered Cognitive Edge...

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Aberdeen Business School

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 25, 2009  ·  News

I spoke at the the I3conference in Aberdeen this Tuesday. The slides are here with a linked podcast. All in all and enjoyable event and a chance to meet and talk with several old friends and some new ones. The two long train journeys allowed me to catch up with a fair amount of email and get the development wiki into some form of order. The one downside was the normal IT department problem at Universities who insist on allowing web access only, but insist on manual configuration of a proxy server. Net result no email and wasted time....

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a pot puri of links

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 22, 2009  ·  Trivia

A couple of neat sites came through the twitterverse over the last few days. For Science Fiction fans this interactive display of multiple classics is a delight. Coupled this effective display of your twitter friends (or anyone else's for that matter is not only fun, its also useful. Finally for those who don't follow my tweet feed here are two wonderful remakes of the I'm a mac, I'm a PC Ads. The South Park version is pretty cool, the the transformers is special. Oh, and a really outstanding hotel in Aberdeen, great beds, flat screen...

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A curious question

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 19, 2009  ·  Reflections

An interesting email came in from my old friend Karl Wiig this evening. He is looking for a list of competence that nations need to acquire to be successful in the modern age. Now regular readers of this blog will know that I am very dubious about the whole idea of competence as it is currently interpreted. However the question pricked my interest. It links back to an earlier polemic on government to which I owe a more substantial follow up.

The question

I would like to ask for your perspectives on what you consider important...

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