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October 2013

My Cynefin: The Pyg Track

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 31, 2013  ·  Walks & Bike rides

If I am honest with myself I have been running scared of getting back into real mountains for a few years.   As I put on weight and lost fitness over the last decade plus avoiding activities which made the problem more obvious was all too easy.   When I got back into exercise I picked the low land routes, long distance paths without exposure.   This year I completed the Wye Valley way and that had some decent uphill stretches.  Also on the penultimate walk I found myself reaching the top of a steep slope ahead of Euan who I had...

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Old friends, new places

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 20, 2013  ·  Great places

I was picked up early this morning by Marius Ungerer who I first met when he was in a strategy role with ABSA and who is now at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.  When he moved there we reached an agreement that would allow his students to use SenseMaker® and we were long due a catch up on that and many other things.   He brought along his son and another member of the faculty who confessed to have triggered a tweet from one of this students.  I remember it well as it it popped up along the lines of I don;t get this...

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Robbin Island

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 19, 2013  ·  Reflections

Today was a day without work.  We started with a brief tour of the cape and in part the route of The Argus which I really want to plan a trip around so I can take part.  Then we had a booking on the afternoon boat to Robbin Island.  Now my mother was one of the founding members of the Anti- partite movement in the UK and did my fair share of work both outside South Africa house and in the World Council of Churches during the 70s.  So to visit a site that celebrates dignity and struggle conquering under conditions of adversity was...

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A seal in a wave

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 18, 2013  ·  Great places

Today was an early flight down to Cape Town from Lanseria airport which was a revelation.  Small, efficient and fast which is all you can ask of an airport.   I made the error of leaving a brand new Rohan jacket on the back of a seat on the cafe so I am going to have to pray it is still there when we get back.  It is a part of the all Rohan new wardrobe; when I like a brand I like it!   And now I am no longer larger than their largest size I am returning to an earlier loyalty.

We ended up in a seafront guest house which was a...

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Homo ludens

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 17, 2013  ·  Reflections

We had a lot of fun in a intense one day workshop at the Worldsview Academy today and my thanks to Craig and his team for making it happen.  It was a roller coaster sort of day and I probably put too much content into the afternoon but they were such a responsive audience!  You can also do a lot of debunking with a South Africa audience which always adds to the pleasure of speaking to them.  In the main I was taking a top skim from the full four day Cognitive Edge accreditation programme.  A few participants want to attend that and...

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