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September 2009

Context is Changed - Rock of Cashel

By John Bordeaux  ·  September 26, 2009  · 

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I’ve been titling the last few posts in terms of how context can shift over time. This is not intended as a great reveal of some new management method, it just came to me as a recurring theme during this drive through Ireland. How do we understand, or not, the great sites from ancient Ireland? For some sites, such as the monastic cities of Clonmacnoise or Glendalough, the context is preserved through accidents of geography or the persistence of reverence - or because perhaps they are a mere 1400 years old, and not 6,000....

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Context is Lost - Newgrange

By John Bordeaux  ·  September 25, 2009  · 

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Raise a glass, when you get a chance, to T.B. Naylor, who, one day in 1891, found himself or herself inside the center chamber of the passage tomb at Newgrange. This was during a time after the restoration begun by Robert Campbell in 1699, and before the government took ownership of the historic site. So Naylor, having no other compass to direct his/her actions, carved their name on one of the ancient stones. The guides there now make a passing reference to “Victorian graffiti” and ask you to ignore it.

In Newgrange,...

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Purity & danger

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 25, 2009  ·  Musings

skin0910.jpg A nicely ambiguous cartoon from Gaping Void. One of those ones that sets you back a bit and forces you to think. It has been on my mind recently, in part because a lot of the Cognitive Edge ideas are now taking off. SenseMaker projects are coming in, web references increasing, in effect a phase shift of acceptance. As the number of people who take up an idea increases, so the question of purity arises. The problem that arises then is that of purity, to what extent do you hunt down and route out error?

OK there are some obvious errors...

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Context is Layered - Making Sense at Knowth/Cnogbha

By John Bordeaux  ·  September 24, 2009  · 

Knowth%20and%20others.jpg When you visit Knowth, you stand amidst “passage tombs,” most likely built over 6,000 years ago. Surrounded by massive kerbstones featuring neolithic carvings, these magnificent structures have survived civilizations and North Atlantic weather. Passage tombs are burial mounds that some believe were meant to be transition points for ancient souls, so called because they feature a single passage to the center of the mound.

Built around 3200 b.c., these predate the Giza pyramids and Stonehenge, and there are over forty...

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Defining KM

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 24, 2009  ·  Musings

My earlier post on KM governance attracted some outstandingly thoughtful comments and I will reply to them all shortly. One of the other tasks on that report was to define KM. Now I have resisted this in the past, but it had to be done. So here is my attempt.

Davenport and Prusak define knowledge as “a fluid mix of framed experience, values, contextual information, and expert insight that provides a framework for evaluating and incorporating new experiences and information. It originates and is applied in the minds of...

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