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August 2010

Of Builders’ Tea

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 31, 2010  ·  Trivia

Having resolved last week to get various aspects of my life in some semblance of order I planned the bank holiday weekend on a three day schedule of garage, loft and study. In practice the garage alone has taken all three days and its not complete as I awaiting delivery of a rack to allow me to mount the bikes double-decker on one wall. It's been three long days starting at around 0830 and finishing at dusk. About half way through I realised that I was drinking copious cups of tea, and I mean proper builders tea: English breakfast,...

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A “Work of Art”

By Mark Spivey  ·  August 28, 2010  · 

Ive been an artist and designer all my life dabbling in drawing, paint, sculpture, animation, interaction, music, etc.., more recently turning to more traditional opposites of art, but have always found it interesting that I haven't run into many other artists or designers who are really well read or care too much about complexity science or anything of the sort... normally the space tends to be filled with "scientists" and "engineers" of many sorts.

I think the idea of what art is, and what it means to be an artist may have...

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The Emergence of Chaos, Complexity, Complication and Order

By Mark Spivey  ·  August 27, 2010  · 

I think Complexity Theory is great and is certainly a more relevant approach than how people have been treating human and dynamic systems, but I also think there is a confusion somewhere. The confusion I think exists is that complexity is in the system, where I would say complexity is in the mind.

I think some people may learn about complexity and then say, "oh ok, so human systems are complex, so therefore we should think, believe, and act in a different way in regards to them", while on the other side which I am on might say, "oh...

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The Kings Arms

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 27, 2010  ·  Musings

DSCN0267.JPG To Oxford today for a series of meetings. Firstly more work on the use of SenseMaker® as a new way to incorporate larger volumes of people in scenario planning and also moving that planning from a linear staccato process to a continuous one linking strategy with operations. I also started to see ways in which we could create a Delphi method variant which does not close off so many options. I had the afternoon free before an evening meeting/briefing on impact measurement and knowledge management in the health Service. So I indulged...

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Be the Chaos! (social entropy)

By Mark Spivey  ·  August 26, 2010  · 

Maybe my best advice would be "Be the Chaos!"?

Or maybe according to the Cynefin framework, it would be "Be the Disorder!"?

Point being you want to always operate in the space of chaos and disorder yourself, while working to build emergent interpretants which people can believe in and "lead them out of" the chaos and disorder, to more secure pastures...

We all do it... ever built a company, sold a product, proposed to a girl, argued the definition of a word... or maybe been on the other side, and valued a diploma from a well...

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