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February 2010

Henley: Leif & Hans Rosling on the future

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 25, 2010  ·  Conference blogs

I missed afternoon session as I needed to get my presentation together. You can find it here and there will be a link to a podcast as well. I spoke before Leif Edvinsson another of those fathers of knowledge management and a long term friend. Leif starts with a TED talk video from Hans Rosling on Asia's rise, when and how Asia will past the west in economic terms in 2048 (July late). Not sure about that one as the earth does seem that stable and we have 2012 to pass! The passion of the talk is good though, although uncomfortable for...

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Henley: Open innovation & werewolves

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 24, 2010  ·  Conference blogs

Screen shot 2010-02-24 at 14.28.08.png Göran Roos now, intending to be controversial by challenging open innovation. Three types: outside-in (integrating external sources) Insider-out (bringing ideas to market) & coupled (both).

  • Outside-In - tend to be low tech, highly modular, high knowledge intensity and act as knowledge brokers and/or creators
  • Inside-out - tend to be research driven, multiply technology etc. (flipping through slides too quickly for me to absorb I am afraid but i suspect he is summarising a paper so you can probably find it)

Sources of external...

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Henley: Sticky organisations

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 24, 2010  ·  Conference blogs

Victor Newman now starting with a pantomime performance (we all have to hiss). He is arguing that without relationship capital you will not be successful in a sticky organisations. Seeing a continuum from subject matter interest to thought leader. Four dimensions on the journey - innovation to visibility to perspective to recognition. All very linear, but he says that difficult questions caused him to change - so lets see. The trigger is relationship capital. Reference to Rob Cross's (my former colleague at the IKM) work on the need...

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Henley: On indiginous identity stories

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 24, 2010  ·  Conference blogs

A thought occurred to me walking between sessions with views of the Thames to my right (we are in Wind in the Willows territory here). Since I first worked with aboriginal families in Australia back int the 70s I have had conversations with various law holders, aunties, uncles etc. I have heard different (and often contradictory) stories of aboriginal culture, but all the stories are anti-stories, they are stories of contrast between a remembrance of what was past, but is no longer lived and the current reality of the imperium. It's...

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Reflexions II: The Metaphor

By Steve Barth  ·  February 24, 2010  · 

As part of this reflective exercise, I've been going through a lot of old notes from the early days of the Cynefin Centre, which eventually metamorphosed into Cognitive Edge. When we began, one of the things that I noticed was that different types of people seem to be dealing with complexity science at different levels:

-Mathematics
-Models
-Mechanisms
-Metaphors
-Myths

While academics were largely involved with the first two or three levels, most practitioners are still applying the ideas at the metaphor level with...

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