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January 2011

Farewell - and greetings

By Tony Quinlan  ·  January 30, 2011  · 

One final post before I pass the baton on to someone else.

The European gang of Cognitive Edge practitioners/students/aspirers has started meeting on a semi-regular basis every few months since September. No great aspirations and, until this next one, no official Cognitive Edge presence. Just a chance to share experiences, frustrations and opportunities, and to build alliances for future projects.

So far we've met in Luton, Brussels and Wageningen. The next meeting will be in London - at Middlesex University near Hendon on Friday...

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kun-ev’in - easy to overlook

By Tony Quinlan  ·  January 30, 2011  · 

It's easy to forget, when you've been through an accreditation course and done some exercises here and there and are focused on finding and implementing a SenseMaker project, that the Cynefin framework that underpins all of this is still something that has the power to astonish people.

In recent years, whenever I'm talking to a non-KM or non-Cognitive Edge audience I spend a few minutes outlining the basic framework - the five domains, the importance of that cliff between simple and chaos and the different approaches in each. For...

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Democracy - an endpoint, not a starting point

By Tony Quinlan  ·  January 28, 2011  · 

Always a risk, blogging on something you're reading about when you haven't finished the book yet. The author may return to something a chapter down the line and utterly twist the original point on its head in the light of a new context. Particularly when the topic is something on which the average layman (like me) has opinion but no education - in this case democracy and international politics.

I've blogged before about Joshua Cooper Ramo's The Age of the Unthinkable. It's a book on international relations that, from the blurb,...

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One’s first opera

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 27, 2011  ·  Reflections

201101281147.jpg I took a late train up to London today to see the ENO perform La Boheme in a revival of Jonathan Miller's staging. More on the performance itself later for the moment I want to talk about the audience and some memories evoked. I'd settled into my aisle seat in the upper circle (when you live in the country the ability to make the last train is critical, so sometimes a fast get away is necessary) when my row and those above and below suddenly flooded with a pack of female sixth formers, with all the noise of conversation and mobile...

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KM Legal Europe

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 27, 2011  ·  News

I gave the opening keynote at Ark's KM conference for the legal profession in Amsterdam earlier today and thanks to Twitter ended up with a series of meetings at the Schipol Airport Starbucks before heading back for the UK. For those waiting for the podcast, I am very sorry but the recording is a mess. Holding the iPod really didn't work and whole sections are missing. However all is not lost. I gave two similar keynotes at KM World (savage polemical so you have been warned) and KM Asia (a little more placid) late last year and I have...

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