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December 2011

The Aggregative error

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 31, 2011  ·  Reflections

201112311011.jpg Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you can imagine

Goethe

I'm not the first person working in the area of complexity to use the Goethe quote and I am sure i will not be the last. It captures so much of what this subject is about, but also how hard it is to make some of the mental shifts required. As complexity is getting more popular its becoming easier, but misperception and misrepresentation are now both significant dangers. So as the year ends, and as I prepare for a journey down...

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Upcoming online session

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 30, 2011  ·  News

Screen Shot 2011-12-29 at 21.03.12.png Mark your calendars for January 12th 1600 Eastern Standard Time, 2100 GMT. Mary Boone and I did a session for Corner Office last year which was well received so I responded positively to be a guest at the start of their new Complexity Series. Susan Radojevic will be interviewing Debra Pickfield of Thinkspot and Jean Letourneau of SBVCG . We all had a chat yesterday evening and the event looks interesting. Enough in common not to be at each others throats but also enough differences to make life interesting.

You get to register here,...

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The Winter Sun

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 30, 2011  ·  Great places

DSC_8657 - Version 2.jpg Back in May I started a walk from the source to the mouth of the Thames. Its a national trail in the UK and one good for fitness restoration. The scenery is interesting, the walks can be long but the gradients are slight. I've also been doing it with friends - Peter, Julia and Nick with the odd extra (others welcome) which aside from adding motivation also adds conversation. We did the first four sections over the summer which took us to Oxford. My long trip to Australia then halted proceedings for a bit so we started up again in...

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Mark 12:17

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 29, 2011  ·  Reflections

34147.jpg Last night I took Eleanor and Huw to Stratford for the RSC production of David Edgar's Written on the Heart. It's in the repertoire until early March so if you get a chance I recommend it. At the heart of the play is a constant dialogue between the spirit of Tyndale and the Bishop of Ely (see picture) who chairs the committee involved in the production of the King James Bible in 1611. Tyndale translated all of the New Testament and most of the old before he was "mercifully" strangled before being burnt.

The play rests on the age old...

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The Herriot effect

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 27, 2011  ·  Reflections

201112270802.jpg When I was young there were only four TV channels available in the UK, heating was confined to one room and the whole family made decisions about what they would watch collectively. One of the benefits of this was a common language of references to the popular programmes and a considerable degree of family bonding. Something we have lost with central heating, multiple channels and a screen in every bedroom.

The lack of a common generational narrative is a wider issue, but for today I want to focus on the lessons of experience over...

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