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May 2012

HTLGI2012: Getting started

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 31, 2012  ·  Great places, Reflections

The festival starts on Thursday with an evening session or two so I planned to get down to Hay-on-Wye in the afternoon, settle into the cottage and get down to the Festival site for early evening.  Now a part of this week is to improve my fitness both mentally and physically.   On the latter front I have been walking most weekends for six months for a minimum of twelve miles often more.  The good news is that the pain in my knees that I was starting to think might need an operation turned out to be far less serious and just...

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HowTheLightGetsIn2012

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 30, 2012  ·  Reflections

I first went to this celebration of Philosophy and Music last year for a few days and resolved to spend the full ten days in 2012.  The festival is symbiotic with the more well known Hay Festival which is now an international traveling circus of the cognoscenti.  Our smaller event takes place in an old hall and a few tents well away from its more famous cousin.  It is smaller, more intimate, less focused on books, more on ideas.

My goal over six months ago was to take the chance for ten days seeking to gain intellectual and...

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ABIDE - overview of process

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 9, 2012  ·  Reflections

Picking up on yesterdays post on ABIDE.  As I suspected forcing myself to teach the idea produced some innovation and resolution of problems.  Thinking back nearly everything original I have developed (including the various Cynefin representations) have been achieved on my feet in front of an audience.   Some people are visual thinkers, some written, I think I reflect the oral tradition I come from, the interaction with an audience opens up new channels of thinking.

I said yesterday that I was stuck as a result of thinking that...

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Fast falls the even tide

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 7, 2012  ·  Knowledge Management, Reflections

When we put CalmAlpha together back in January I was somewhat shamed by Joseph Pelrine talking about his use of ABIDE, something that I developed as a pairing for ASHEN the best part of a decade ago, but then left it to go into decline.  Others, Viv Read for example, argued that it should be brought back into the mainstream but it wasn't until a month or so that I started to realise why I was blocked on it, and how to use it.

But I get ahead of myself, I should explain what ABIDE is.   It is a mnemonic for the things that can be...

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On coins and the greenback

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 7, 2012  ·  Polemic

I flew over to the US today, New York then on by train to Washington for a two day run of the new advanced course.  I lot of fun on the train from Penn Street with Michael Cheveldave (who is co-teaching with me) talking about the content.  He had pulled out some old papers with material that was a little too advanced at the time, or didn't work out exactly the way we wanted.  ABIDE for example which works like ASHEN (more on that this week); its a mnemonic for Attractors, Boundaries, Identity, Diversity and Environment and was...

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