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January 2015

On fragments and lessons learning

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 26, 2015  ·  Reflections

A transition through Bonn today to spend time with the German Development Agency before moving onto Zurich.   It involved an early morning departure from my least favourite UK airport Stanstead but it was a great day.  Talking with a group of people not afraid of a concept or two and with the general intent of changing things for the better.   One of the themes was knowledge management within the development sector, something to which I have returned on many occasions over the past decade.

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Culture is entangled

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 25, 2015  ·  Innovation, Polemic, Strategy

Another Gaping Void cartoon for this second post on culture, which makes the point that change initiatives come and go but relationships that we build can last for ever.  My post of yesterday targeted the single causal model that underpins so many simplistic consultancy initiatives than claim simplicity.   If you can find one thing to blame, then there is only one thing to change and life is susceptible to the recipe approaches that are all to common.  Manufacturing process replacing artisan capability in what is meant to be a...

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The evolution of culture

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 24, 2015  ·  Polemic

One of the tasks I have to complete over the next day or so is supporting material for a range of Cognitive Edge employee engagement tools and offerings.   For those familiar with Cognitive Edge methods and SenseMaker® as a tool there will be nothing revolutionary, but we haven't put it all together in a single document before and that is my task.  In part it is also a chapter in the book and manifest as a white paper and/or a brochure over the next few days.  If anyone fancies doing some copywriting or giving it more of a marketing...

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Of a journey or two

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 23, 2015  ·  Great places, Reflections

Given a weekend in Brighton anything involving mountains is not really possible but the Downs and the Seven Sisters are all available.  So given permission for one day I choose to target a long walk combing the two starting routes for the South Downs Way (SDW).   I've come backwards and forwards on aspects of this route over the years.   I planned the first stage of the SDW back in January 2012 from Eastbourne to Alfriston.  At the time I was just getting back into walking with the Kennet & Avon Canal and the Thames Walk.  However...

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Proud father day

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 22, 2015  ·  News

Late this morning I sat in The Dome Brighton to hear the words Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation, degree of Master of Arts and winner of the Bill and Scarlett Epstein Prize for the Best MA Dissertation in Anthropology, Eleanor Mary Snowden. Two years of part time study coupled with working in the call centre of American Express to pay some of the bills and she made it.   There was a total panic moment when she reread her thesis a week before the results.  She knew it had to be good to get her a distinction which...

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