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November 2013

Changing the landscape of health

By Dave Snowden  ·  November 30, 2013  ·  Diabetes, Managing Complex Systems, Innovation

My last two posts discussed by personal journey, and one which is not yet complete.  I'll update that from time to time, especially when I close in on my target weight of 82 kg which I should make when I start the 60@60 Round Wales Walk this February.  I now want to move on to look at some of the work we are doing in this sector.  As I said in my first post my getting diabetes was ironic as it was one of the areas we had selected to look at in connection with a wealth of new offerings using SenseMaker® for health and well being.  I...

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Motivation and Discovery

By Dave Snowden  ·  November 29, 2013  ·  Diabetes

Once you have been diagnosed with Diabetes then a whole process clicks into place starting with a meeting with a specialist nurse.   Now while my experience of professionals has been mostly excellent this first encounter was deeply depressing. I am intelligent and more than capable of researching a subject so I went into the appointment looking to try and reverse the condition by radical changes in diet and life style.   Instead of supporting that I was patronised and in effect told I was on a road to steady decline ending with...

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Both iconic and ironic

By Dave Snowden  ·  November 28, 2013  ·  Diabetes

This is the first of three blog posts I have been asked to write reflecting on the period from April this year when I was told I had type II Diabetes.  Since then I have lost 10" around my waist, lost 25kg and got my fitness back to a level I last experienced in the 1970s.  By the time I had my first follow up blood tests at the start of July all blood levels were normal, including a reversal of a long standing high cholesterol problem.  I've got another 2" and 10kg to go and have now run out of old clothes saved so I having to buy...

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From Chester to Bangor

By Dave Snowden  ·  November 27, 2013  ·  Memories

It's funny how specific objects trigger complex memories.  I changed trains in Chester station today on the way to Bangor University for an evening event and I saw the sign pictured in the header of this post.  I'm not sure when I first saw it, probably in 1965 when we had a school trip to London.  A long steam driven train journey followed by a bus tour and a visit to the top of the Shell Building, then the tallest in London if not the UK.  But it might have been one of the many times we took the branch line from Mold before it was...

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Symbiosis: scaffolding

By Dave Snowden  ·  November 3, 2013  ·  Reflections

I'm continuing the lichen pictorial theme for these posts in which I am exploring a definition of a new type of service based organisation for which Cognitive Edge is hopefully an early exemplar.   In yesterday's post I have some of the background in DataSciences's Genus Programme and I now want to move on to think about the architecture of a complexity informed organisation.  My more recent thinking on architecture and design has been much influenced by Ann Pendleton-Julian and her use of scaffolding, which in turn builds on one of...

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