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March 2011

The Scale of the Whole

By carol Mase  ·  March 29, 2011  ·  Managing Complex Systems

Giving a talk next week on innovation and design thinking has me turning to Bill McDonough for inspiration. His work and words align well with what Cognitive Edge practitioners bring to our clients, so let me explore that a bit.
Design = Intention
What is our intention? Perhaps the greatest shift we bring to our clients is the ability to stand in the complex and work from there in the complicated and simple. So our intention could be to recognize and work on complex human systems from within the complex adaptive system that they...

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If innovation is really encouraged by ‘starvation and pressure….’.

By Stuart Smith  ·  March 26, 2011  · 

First of two mini posts today......

As I write this an estimated 300,000 people will be marching in Central London in protest at the spending cuts/deficit reduction plans of the UK coalition government. The rights and wrongs of the governments approach to deficit reduction are not for discussion here, however following the budget and the generally very weak economic figures coming out of the UK it seems that we are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

This week I have been with 3 different clients, who also happen to be Local...

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Local Links and Coastal Lincs - how everything ties together in some way

By Stuart Smith  ·  March 24, 2011  · 

A quick post from picturesque Durham station en-route to Lincoln. One cathedral city to another.

A big moment of excitement in the Smith household yesterday as my Mother turns up clutching a copy of the local newspaper (Sunderland Echo). It appears that there is a picture of me in the paper taken at a recent keynote speech. Now this is a big big news! My mother and father are of a generation that relied on the local news paper as their main source of news (especially local news and obituaries/notifications of deaths) and to see their...

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The resilient organisation: introduction

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 24, 2011  ·  Reflections

DSC_1009.jpg Yesterday I talked briefly about the need for a prepared mind, and a prepared organisation to ensure the fast detection, fast recover, early exploitation capability required in creating the resilient organisation. It was a casual posting in part intended to pull in a couple more participants for the   Frankfurt seminar on the 1st April (my birthday by the way, see the sacrifices I make, sob) and Amsterdam the week after. In those seminars I am exploring this subject in more detail by both teaching and discussion. The series continues...

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The prepared mind

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 22, 2011  ·  Reflections

One of the key points I have been making in the new seminar (and a few keynotes) over the last week is that resilience requires not just a prepared mind, but also a prepared organisation. That means building network connectivity and cross silo deployment capability before it is needed not during the event. Creating mass employee engagement requires familiarization with the process before it is needed in a crisis. Knowledge management systems have to be fragmented and experiential as anything more structured cannot handle the levels of...

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