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June 2012

HTLGI2012: Reverse Manichaeism

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 10, 2012  ·  Great places, Musings

This slogan is one of singularly most stupid ones I have ever seen on a badge or a T-shirt.  Manichaeism developed in Persia and sees a conflict between the good world of light and the evil world of darkness.  It manifested itself in the Albigensian heresy which was subject to a particularly brutal crusade in its Cathar manifestation.  I've argued (as have many others) that a lot of Western, and in particular US thinking is profoundly Manichaean in nature, its a series of either/or positions in which one side is evil and the other...

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HTLGI2012: Ever onwards!

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 9, 2012  ·  Great places, Musings

In case of confusion, this post is part of a catch up exercise, one month late (sigh) so written in July, posted with a May date but I am sure readers can sort out which comment relates to which date!

Having driven to Oxford and back at high speed, we just made it back to Hay in time to make Don Cupitt's talk on progress only five minutes in.  Thankfully he had a handout which provides a neat summary of what he said as a handout.  Said handout is a much better summary than anything I could have written, so I have scanned it and...

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HTLGI2012: Nature of Evil

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 9, 2012  ·  Reflections

Flying into Bristol from Belfast last night was a good preparation for a consideration of evil.  The pilot did well, but I really should not have swapped landing horror stories with one of the stewards as we came into land.  Three rows behind some children considered it all one glorious roller coaster ride and their parents sensibly encouraged them to whoop it up.  However the guy behind eventually tapped me on the shoulder and whispered shut up you bastard which I suppose was fair comment.   Either way we landed safely, there was...

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I’m teaching ....

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 8, 2012  ·  News

I had meetings in Belfast today so I had to miss the festival.  So I am taking the opportunity to remind people about training coming up in London shortly.   For various reasons connected to travel and client commitments I will be teaching day one of the basic accreditation course in a couple of weeks time for the first time in three years.  So all those who have asked when I will be doing that this is your opportunity.   Its followed by the new Advanced Course which dives deeper into Cynefin and also ABIDE, the basic intervention...

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HTLGI2012: of money, markets and machines

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 6, 2012  ·  Reflections

Pope Julius II left two things to the Vatican, his preserved ears and, through patronage of Michaelangelo, the painting of the Sistine Chapel.  This warrior pope also gave the space for Raphael to develop his art.   Patronage has always been key to the arts, and little would have happened without it.  The the Renaissance Courts displayed their power and wealth through art, and few would doubt the aesthetic value of their contibution.

However the role of mammon  in the arts remains controversial to this day and I confess an...

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