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June 2014

Mind your P’s and W’s

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 21, 2014  ·  Great places, Reflections

I KEEP six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who

Kipling, from The Elephant's Child

Of all the Just So Stories the Kolokolo Bird's injunction to "Go to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, and find out"  as a means of discovering what the crocodile has for lunch has been one of my all time favourites; both as a child, and then as an adult reading to children.  For those unfamiliar with the story of How...

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Thinking simply, in context

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 20, 2014  ·  Managing Complex Systems, Reflections

One of the common social media comments post a Cognitive Edge course (especially when I run it) is that people'r brains hurt; it's normally a compliment.  As I said yesterday on the final day of this week's London programme the issue is to think differently, then its all pretty simple.  This is generally true of any paradigm shift in the history of ideas.  If you go back to the enlightenment you will find that the people who have made the mental shift to science, to the use of observation and derivation of rules, actually find it...

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Create contrast, enable insight

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 11, 2014  ·  Knowledge Management

A long day, starting with an early morning alarm to make the 0701 from Swindon and ending up with a late night arrival in Trieste for State of the Net 2014 of which more over the next few days.  The reason for the early morning train was to give the opening keynote at KM UK.  David Gurteen opened the event as Chairman by referencing the fact that this was the eleventh year at the conference.  I started my keynote (available as a podcast) by referencing my surprise that this was the eleventh year at which I have given a keynote at...

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By Cader Idris, tempest-torn

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 7, 2014  ·  Walks & Bike rides

A meeting in Bangor always raises the prospect of a possible day in the Mountains of Snowdonia and today was no exception.  I'd had my eyes on the Minffordd trail route up Cadair Idris for some time.  I stayed at its foot in the Gwesty Minffordd Hotel last February en route between Bangor University and the Millennium stadium and looked nostalgically at the mountain as I set off that morning.  Now that was in the days of my obeseness, although I had started the take on long distance walking again but in the softer south.  But do do...

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Eating our own dogfood

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 6, 2014  ·  Musings, News

Back up to Bangor for the second time in a week, bad planning that but it was unavoidable.  This time to pick Tony up from the station before driving on to luck in The Caban and then an afternoon working with a new software team in their converted (or rather converting) Chapel. I've shared one picture here and there are more on flickr.  We were there to run through the current functionality of SenseMaker® Explorer.   We will be launching iOS Explorer shortly; long hold ups as we had to rewrite for the current version of iOS and...

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