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By Barton Friedland  ·  October 20, 2010  ·  Interdisciplinary

I had such an overwhelmingly positive experience working with a client yesterday. It is one of those experiences that brings to mind that we are involved in an ongoing shift of thinking about management practices that is truly eye-opening for many people. Perhaps it is a sort of grandiosity that I allow myself to think that management practice will change significantly over the next 50 years and that I am contributing to this.

Regardless, it is such a pleasure to see people recognize a large field of action and to see ways in which...

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The many faces of Narrative

By Barton Friedland  ·  October 18, 2010  ·  Interdisciplinary

I had lunch yesterday with my colleague Bob Horn yesterday. I worked with Bob about 8 years ago on a really interesting project called aMap at the HCI Lab at Stanford that employed wall-size interactive displays to render and manipulate argumentation maps. His work is fascinating and his achievements significant. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on the Information Mapping method from the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and another lifetime achievement award, the Thomas Gilbert Award, from the...

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Politics, Action, Narrative, and Freedom

By Barton Friedland  ·  October 17, 2010  ·  Interdisciplinary

According to Hannah Arendt, politics is a social activity. In “The Human Condition”, for example, she states that the great effects of political action come about “where people are with others and neither for nor against them…”[1]. This highlights the essentially social substrate always present in our experience.

Arendt describes political action as being something memorable, that people talk about and retell, that they tell stories about. In her equation, that which is memorable transforms political action into memorable...

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Pluralism and Context

By Barton Friedland  ·  October 14, 2010  ·  Interdisciplinary

When I shared some of my views about the Cynefin Framework with Dave Snowden he responded that rather than my preferred term “epistemological pluralism”, he would talk about the Cynefin Framework in terms of “contextual epistemologies”. I think these differences are somewhat semantic in that we both share a view that epistemology, the way we come to know things, is a critical factor in understanding.

My interpretation of Dave’s “contextual” emphasis is that context matters. This is consistent with my own views and an...

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The utility of the Cynefin Framework

By Barton Friedland  ·  October 12, 2010  ·  Interdisciplinary

Some time ago I concluded that we have entered a new era, where many theories rooted in reductionism have maximised their limits of usefulness in supporting further innovation. Kuhn’s paradigm shift [1] is once again upon us - not just in an abstract sense, but in the very way we see the world operating around us [2].

One of the very helpful things about the Cynefin Framework is that it provides a straightforward and engaging approach to make this point concrete, through individual signification of experience.

Cognitive Edge’s...

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