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July 2009

Hydrostatic lift

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 31, 2009  ·  Reflections

Fireball sailing.png If I look back at the years at the really memorable keynotes, then Melbourne audiences stand out. To speak well to an audience, you need active feedback, the speech then is in a sense taken our of your hands, it becomes a co-creation. Its difficult to explain this to someone who doesn't speak often, or those who speak to a prepared script. It doesn't happen all the time either, but from time to time a form of physical resonance happens with the audience. Its rather like the sensation you get when a sailing dinghy (my old love, the...

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Great day, sour ending

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 30, 2009  ·  News

Today in Canberra was a series of meetings, starting with the Footprints in Time team who will be using SenseMaker™ as a part of their study of indigenous children. Good conversation and lunch with the RAAF team we worked with last year was then followed by a scheduled half hour (which became an hour) with Major.General Symon. Over the last few years I have spent time with senior commanders in Australia, Singapore, the US and the UK. One of the big contrasts with industrial leaders is their ability (at least the ones I meet) to...

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With no thanks to Qantas

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 28, 2009  ·  Trivia

Nightmare journey from Perth to Canberra. a hydraulic leak on an already delaying incoming flight meant we had to wait for a replacement plane. Finally landed in Canberra after midnight to a cab shortage and I didn't make it to the hotel until 0130, by which time of course I am thoroughly awake! Will have to be awake for multiple meetings tomorrow, then trust to the good Lord that Qantas can get me to Melbourne with less drama. The one compensation was the shoring of Sunshine Cleaners which I hadn't seen before. It's an excellent...

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The power of language

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 28, 2009  ·  Musings

Checking in for the flight to Perth this morning in Singapore there was a problem getting my loyalty card into the system. The check-in Clark for Singapore airlines had to go and get help which upset those behind me in the queue. When he came back I asked him if it had been difficult. His response was that it was complicated, then he quickly corrected himself and said No I mean complex. Now that was a shock, I have been working in Singapore for several years now to establish that key difference in language. Complicated systems can be...

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Three years on ...

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 27, 2009  ·  Reflections

Thanks to the twitterverse (@iharkness to be precise) I discovered that I have now been posting to this blog more or less daily for three years. My first post was on the 25th July in Singapore, announcing the blog. on the 27th I launched a tirade on telecoms companies, followed by a plague on social constructivism . Within the first month I had also started to edit the wikipedia (although at lower levels of activity than now), and had by first experience of its quirks with Tales of a Wikipedia Virgin . I originally got involved to...

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