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January 2014

Authentic action

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 28, 2014  ·  Reflections

My little tirade yesterday about the primitive linear causality of Blair's article in yesterday's Observer prompted a few to ask be elaborate on my statement that we have to change the dynamics of people's interactions.   Now I have been here a few times over the years, but there is no harm in coming back to it as it is a key aspect of complexity based interventions.  It applies if you are trying to break people out of the radicalisation hopper or simply endeavouring to shift organisational culture.  The hopper is a simple thing to...

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Don’t blame the manifestation

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 26, 2014  ·  Polemic

A copy of the Observer arrived with breakfast this morning and I was greeted by the headline Extremist religion at root of 21st Century wars - Blair.  Now this is far from the first time I have been irritated by pronouncements from the Rev. Blair and while I hope this will be the last, I suspect I am due for more disappointment.  I did have some hope that we might expect some apology for the belief in military intervention to force a somewhat limited perspective of liberal democracy  on countries whose history and context is very...

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Playing tourist in the rain

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 25, 2014  ·  Trivia

Last night was all a bit traumatic.  I got back in time to take Sheila out for dinner, but then phone calls from children indicated multiple failures in the transport system.  Net result I picked Eleanor up from Oxenholme as planned just after 2100, but having deposited her at the hotel had to drive south through fog and rain to Lancaster to pick up Huw, finally getting him to the hotel at midnight thirty.  By then I had drunk enough coffee to keep me up for the next few hours.   The original hope for this trip had been sunshine and...

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On education

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 24, 2014  ·  Musings

Today was a work day in that I had a long standing appointment to meet with the Vice Chancellor at Bangor University as a part of the developing partnership we are building there.  I left my wife at the Brimstone Hotel (well you are entitled to some luxury on your 60th and drove to Oxenholme station to get the train.   I could have driven but I needed to clear some email and there is nothing like public transport to get your mind focused and fingers dancing on the keyboard without the distractions of the internet.  When I arrived I...

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The Inn at Whitewell

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 23, 2014  ·  Great places

I first came to the Inn at Whitewell back in 1973.  I was taken there by Blyth and Arthur as part of a trip over the Trough of Bowland in the spring of my first year at University.  Blyth had worked with me in both the Debating Club and the School Press but was a year older and had gone up to Lancaster the previous years.  She and Arthur were one of the most physically mismatched couples I have ever known, but they had come together as opposites often do and Arthur had a car!  Back in the 70s that was a big thing on campus, most of...

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