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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 27 Nov 21

The last three blog posts provided the core scaffolding for what I have been calling the Estuarine framework (pending getting a proper name for it). I’ve got a lot of work to flesh out the summary I provided in the last post, and also connect it with earlier material including a key post on the subject of learning in anthro-complexity.  But overall I am increasingly thinking it is as, if not more important, than Cynefin.  In the main, all approaches to strategy derive in some way or other from Military planning based on political objectives.  That said the various non-military …

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The last three blog posts provided the core scaffolding for what I have been calling the Estuarine framework (pending getting a proper name for it). I’ve got a lot of work to flesh out the summary I provided in the last post, and also connect it with earlier material including a key post on the subject of learning in anthro-complexity. …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 20 Jul 21

Unless this is the first time you have stumbled across this blog by accident, you might have come across the idea of “the Wiki”. This usually does not refer to The Big Wiki but to the Cynefin one, which is a labour of love by many in the community and an attempt to ensure openness, authenticity, and rigour for the Cynefin framework and the methods that are associated with it. Today, my mental journey started on this wiki, specifically the “Glossary” section, where translations for critical terms are crowdsourced in several languages (ten and counting at the time of writing). The Greek language …

Ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, Mοῦσα, πολύπλοκον: some thoughts around trying to translate Cynefin into Greek Read More »

Unless this is the first time you have stumbled across this blog by accident, you might have come across the idea of “the Wiki”. This usually does not refer to The Big Wiki but to the Cynefin one, which is a labour of love by many in the community and an attempt to ensure openness, authenticity, and rigour for the Cynefin framework and …

Ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, Mοῦσα, πολύπλοκον: some thoughts around trying to translate Cynefin into Greek Read More »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 19 Jul 21

Two interesting sets of interactions on social media triggered today’s post.  One was a distinction made between cutting down a tree and trimming a hedge.  That one came from a tweet by Sonja in which she said “I liked the analogy of hedge trimming vs tree felling. When you decide to cut down a tree, you can’t stop halfway and change your mind. But when trimming a hedge, you may start with one idea but you can change your mind and modify that plan as you go along.”  She was picking up on a Forbes article by Bryce Hoffman of …

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Two interesting sets of interactions on social media triggered today’s post.  One was a distinction made between cutting down a tree and trimming a hedge.  That one came from a tweet by Sonja in which she said “I liked the analogy of hedge trimming vs tree felling. When you decide to cut down a tree, you can’t stop halfway and …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 11 Jul 21

I originally intended to publish this post way back in May and got all the notes together but a mixture of work pressure and ill health (a bad foot infection now resolved) have hit the backlog.  If you have to spend two weeks with your foot elevated and iced taking strong anti-biotics its too easy to neglect things but they never go away!.  When that follows a pivot in your own company’s strategy with new staff to take on it gets even worse in terms of time to reflect and write.  But I’ve been making notes in this draft post …

Natural science as counter-factual Read More »

I originally intended to publish this post way back in May and got all the notes together but a mixture of work pressure and ill health (a bad foot infection now resolved) have hit the backlog.  If you have to spend two weeks with your foot elevated and iced taking strong anti-biotics its too easy to neglect things but they …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 14 Feb 21

My weekend was disrupted, but in a good way and no it wasn’t that  Wales defeated Scotland in what we are calling the year of the Red-slam; we assume the English team we face in a fortnights time are already drawing lots as to who will receive a red card.  Normally I would have been in Edinburgh for the match, as I would have been in Cardiff the previous weekend when we defeated the Irish.  International matches being played in empty stadiums is not only a strange sight of itself, but it brings home the scale of what we are facing.  Saturday …

“…inspired by the Cynefin framework” Read More »

My weekend was disrupted, but in a good way and no it wasn’t that  Wales defeated Scotland in what we are calling the year of the Red-slam; we assume the English team we face in a fortnights time are already drawing lots as to who will receive a red card.  Normally I would have been in Edinburgh for the match, as I …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 1 Feb 21

There are two major forms of stupidity on the various debates that sprint on social media from time to time.  The first is the assertion that because complex systems have no linear material causality that all forms of root cause analysis should be abandoned.  the second is to assert that root cause analysis (RCA) is sufficient unto the day and will actually discover ‘causes’ in such a way as to prevent future failure.  There is a variant on the second of these which insists that if you can’t prevent failure it is a result of a failure to implement proper …

Root ’cause’ & complexity Read More »

There are two major forms of stupidity on the various debates that sprint on social media from time to time.  The first is the assertion that because complex systems have no linear material causality that all forms of root cause analysis should be abandoned.  the second is to assert that root cause analysis (RCA) is sufficient unto the day and …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 13 Jan 21

In this final, for the moment, post on creating aporia I want to focus on the ways in which physical activity and the wider environment can create the conditions to think differently and to find novel solutions in times of perplexity and confusion.  In some ways it is the most important section given that we live (sic) in a material world and our consciousness is embodied, it cannot exist independently unless of course, you believe in the singularity in which case your brain has probably decayed to the point where a transfer to silicon may work.   I remember when …

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In this final, for the moment, post on creating aporia I want to focus on the ways in which physical activity and the wider environment can create the conditions to think differently and to find novel solutions in times of perplexity and confusion.  In some ways it is the most important section given that we live (sic) in a material …

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