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August 2011

In which I introduce my year of action research on SenseMaker

By Irene Guijt  ·  August 28, 2011  · 

The fun of guest blogs lies in their diversity. I’ve really enjoyed Tom’s philosophical reflections. In contrast, my blogs emanate from being neck high in SenseMaker so expect some practical ramblings. With six projects scattered around the globe, at various gestational stages, that is where my mind and time is currently focused. I’m living Tom’s quote: ‘we must feel it for it to become real.” 2011 has become my year of action research on the capabilities of SenseMaker for real-time evaluative practice in international...

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Thanks for the Opportunity and Cheers

By Tom Klein  ·  August 21, 2011  · 

My projects have got my full attention again and so I am signing off on the Guest Blog. Many thanks for the opportunity to address the CE community and for the commentators' responses and your perhaps uncommented attention. It looks like I may even have made some interesting contacts.

Our next contact with Dave will be at the German Cynefin seminar taking place close to Frankfurt in the beautiful Rheingau (Germany's Riesling wine region) at the Kempinski Hotel Schloss Rheinhartshausen along the Rhein on September 8th. There are still...

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The emptiness of thinking and the richness of experience

By Tom Klein  ·  August 17, 2011  · 

I'd like to comment on Keith's comment about my notion in my first guest post that ideas in themselves are empty. I agree that many ideas lack substance not because they are empty in themselves, but because they have not been fully thought through. Even when they have, however, they remain just ideas. There was a nice report on research into the evolutionary function of reasoning a few months ago, which posited that thinking had developed to win arguments about decisions post factum. My sense that this is true is reinforced whenever I...

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AoM2011: Redemption Day

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 16, 2011  ·  Reflections

201108161310.jpg Not so much "a train heading straight to Heaven's Gate" but we made progress today. Yesterday was more "Fire rages in the street" as far as I was concerned. Mind you my expectations were on the low side and the first session looked like it could go either way with the title Religion, Emotions, and the Workplace. As things turned out it was interesting. We started with a piece of research on the way in which Taiwanese taxi drivers sought to gain respect with customers and accommodate new technology. This was a discussion in the...

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On the Blind Spot for Complexity

By Tom Klein  ·  August 15, 2011  · 

Many thanks to readers of the Guest Blog for initial comments (I write better when I have someone to talk to!)

I too have been getting questioning looks when I present enthusiastically some insights from complexity theory to clients. To me, at least, it all makes perfect sense, and it takes a serious act of self-distancing to understand the perspectives from which it does not, or is misunderstood. Yesterday I saw a charming ad video by Nilofer Merchant for her last book, The New How, in which she talks about the "air sandwich" which...

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