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July 2010

Bogging the horses down in mud

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 31, 2010  ·  Reflections
Screen shot 2010-07-31 at 10.20.53.png I sat up late tonight, well into the early hours of the morning but I will backdate this post to its origin. Daughter had resisted my attempts to get her to not to drive up to London at midnight (not even the offer of paying for a morning train worked) and I wanted to know she was safe so I awaited the ping of the Blackberry to tell me she had made it.

In between watching the best of all bad films of all time and back episodes of thrice seen comedies I happened on two related quotes from Aristotle and Clausewitz:

Excellence is an...

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The bridge is stuck ...

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 30, 2010  ·  Musings

Just a quickie for today, if you haven't seen Ron's post on self-organisation following a bridge failure in Whitby read it now. Its not only a good example, but its a story well told. Oh and if you want a slightly less positive newsy type version, watch this.

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Legitimising rhetoric not a real guide to action

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 29, 2010  ·  Reflections

201007290727.jpg My thanks to Iwan Jenkins for drawing my attention to this article by economist John Kay which acts as a taster for his book Obliguity which I have now ordered. He discussed Franklin's rule as a decision making model. This approach, which remains common, is to draw up two columns headed pro and con, then to list all the facts and make an appropriate decision. He has a disturbing illustration with Darwin's use of said rule to determine if he should marry; contrasting a loss of the conversation of clever men at clubs with the charms of...

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KM Conferences - fall season

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 28, 2010  ·  News

We are coming up to the Fall KM Conference Season again and I am once again Keynoting at both KM Asia and KM World. To be invited back each year is an compliment and its a unique position. Mind you it means I have to think of new things every year! KM World has moved to Washington DC after many years in California, so its closer to the main centres of KM activity. The organisers have offered a $200 discount via this link to anyone who is linked to a speaker so make use of it!

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Legitimate cultural difference or barbaric rite?

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 26, 2010  ·  Musings

Having spent the last week working with the recently formed European Institute for Gender Equality I was more than usually sensitised to two adjacent reports in the online Guardian over the weekend. One a special report on genital mutilation, the practice of which is apparently growing in the UK; the other a polemical piece from David Mitchell under the sub heading of If Britain decides to ban the burqa I might just start wearing one. Now both of these are cases under the general heading of whether unique cultural practices should be...

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