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By Dave Snowden  ·  September 19, 2014  ·  SenseMaker®

Final day of two working up here in Deiniolen (it's near Llanberis in case you don't know).  We have two technical teams, one in Singapore and a new one here in North Wales linked into the University.   Last night we held an event at the. University to recruit local authorities and others to a series of projects in social work and health.   There will be a new SenseMaker® Web site shortly and that multi-country  programme will be featured along with our new Culture Scan offering.  The scan will be a sub $2k capability with wide...

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Weaving a common context

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 4, 2014  ·  SenseMaker®, Reflections

Luckily I had my Yellow Fever vaccination certificate with me this morning or I might have had a problem getting through immigration at Brisbane.  It turns out a visit to Latin or Central America, even if you only went to a major city, creates this requirement.   I didn't know but thanks to a recent visit to West Africa I had one in the travel wallet.  Carrying all documents is one of the basic rules of frequent travel, as is a small pot of shower gel and a micro-fibre travel towel!  The former got me in, the latter enabled a quick...

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The first seminar on scaling

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 25, 2014  ·  SenseMaker®

After my series of posts on scaling it was time to but some of that work into a seminar/training course that I ran with Simon Bennett.  We'd spent some time talking and planning it on a walk near Congee beach with Simon and Saf earlier in the week and I got a chance to see their first baby, produced after less than two hours labour which is enough to make any husband envious let alone mothers.  Mind you Saf is one of the best organisers I have ever known.  We'd organised the whole thing with less than a weeks notice so it was good...

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Common confusions on SenseMaker®

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 8, 2014  ·  SenseMaker®, Conference blogs

An odd sort of day which started with my getting up before 0400 to make the 0601 train the Bonn and finished with me winning a bidding war on eBay auction with my last bid while watching the German humiliation of Brazil in a bar in the centre of town.  The good Burghers of Bonn  were remarkably undemonstrative from the start which was a bit surprising.

In between I gave a presentation about the use of narrative in development work which was, in my humble opinion, one of the better summaries I have done but I may regret some of the...

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The “it works for me” argument

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 3, 2014  ·  SenseMaker®, Polemic

I've encountered this argument a few times over the year.  Most recently last night in respect of Net Promotor Score (NPS) and the previous work with an NLP/Spiral Dynamics advocate.  Just to be clear there is a difference, NPS has been challenged by multiple authorities but it is not a pseudo-science like NLP or a pseudo-science dressed up with fake and perverted hierarchical ideas of enlightenment like the Beck/Wilber version of Spiral Dynamics (I have more time for Cowan, but with reservation).   What is interesting, when you get...

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