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

Carwyn Edwards sent me an interesting link via social media the other day.  It was to an article by an anthropologist at Dartmouth College on the link between great thinking and obsessive walking which starts with a wonderful quote from 1861: “Moreover, you must walk like a camel, which is said to be the only beast which ruminates when walking” and has some interesting research on the impact of connectivity in the brain achieved by walking which also links to issues of cognitive decline.  The context is that Carwyn had been monitoring my summit tweets from the Lake District over …

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Carwyn Edwards sent me an interesting link via social media the other day.  It was to an article by an anthropologist at Dartmouth College on the link between great thinking and obsessive walking which starts with a wonderful quote from 1861: “Moreover, you must walk like a camel, which is said to be the only beast which ruminates when walking” …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 25 Jul 21

So on this day, 15 years ago I wrote my first ever blog post.  I was just settling into staff accommodation at Nanyang University (The banner picture I grabbed from Google Street View but I can’t remember exactly which one) for a three-month sabbatical. In keeping with an overall theme over that period my second post was a polemical attack on process damaging customer relationships and my third was a promise to get the book written during the said sabbatical.  I will get to that, but the planned retreat in three months got consumed in the politics surrounding the RAHS …

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So on this day, 15 years ago I wrote my first ever blog post.  I was just settling into staff accommodation at Nanyang University (The banner picture I grabbed from Google Street View but I can’t remember exactly which one) for a three-month sabbatical. In keeping with an overall theme over that period my second post was a polemical attack …

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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 …

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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 …

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

I’ve always talked a lot about maps and the importance of managing the evolutionary potential of the present.  I’ve also emphasised the importance of starting journeys with a sense of direction rather than having goals, and by the way, talking about how things should be is a form of goal.  Our own adaption, possibly exaption of fitness landscapes to map the dispositional state of the here and now using SenseMaker® in effect takes the metaphor of contours on a landscape map. Of late I’ve started to talk more about charts than maps.  There are several reasons for this but in …

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I’ve always talked a lot about maps and the importance of managing the evolutionary potential of the present.  I’ve also emphasised the importance of starting journeys with a sense of direction rather than having goals, and by the way, talking about how things should be is a form of goal.  Our own adaption, possibly exaption of fitness landscapes to map …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 2 Apr 21

Having All Fools Day as your birthday means that you rapidly become hyper-cautious until midday or simply avoid communication.  The British have a long tradition of this with the famous BBC Panorama’s 1957 Spaghetti Harvest hoax. Then there was the Guardian’s 1977 special travel supplement on the island of San Serif is one I remember vividly.  I was living in a Christian Socialist Commune just outside Bristol at the time and some of our members were in a state of high indignation about the seizure of power by General Minion and were setting themselves up to form a solidarity group …

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Having All Fools Day as your birthday means that you rapidly become hyper-cautious until midday or simply avoid communication.  The British have a long tradition of this with the famous BBC Panorama’s 1957 Spaghetti Harvest hoax. Then there was the Guardian’s 1977 special travel supplement on the island of San Serif is one I remember vividly.  I was living in …

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

I grew up in and around the hills of North Wales, walking most weekends when were were not dinghy sailing.  Rather than a birthday party when I was young I managed to persuade my parents to book a caravan in Snowdonia and took a couple of friends.  The mountains are, to use the language of Cynefin: the place of our multiple belongings. For the first few years after graduation I managed to keep it up with holidays in the Yorkshire Dales and Ireland.  I especially remember major walks around the Twelve Pins and the length of the Brandon Ridge.  Even the …

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I grew up in and around the hills of North Wales, walking most weekends when were were not dinghy sailing.  Rather than a birthday party when I was young I managed to persuade my parents to book a caravan in Snowdonia and took a couple of friends.  The mountains are, to use the language of Cynefin: the place of our …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 28 Feb 21

Yesterday I raised the question of boundary conditions that will arise with our shift to an open-source, wiki-driven approach to methods and also concepts.  In effect it is a problem of constraints: over constrain the system and there is insufficient diversity for growth and widespread adoption, ignore the need for constraints and you loose all distinctiveness.  I’ve been talking for some time about coherent heterogeneity as a key approach to both concepts and methods alike; enough difference to make a difference but not so much difference as to create permanent conflict.   This also links into the wider work on constraints and in …

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Yesterday I raised the question of boundary conditions that will arise with our shift to an open-source, wiki-driven approach to methods and also concepts.  In effect it is a problem of constraints: over constrain the system and there is insufficient diversity for growth and widespread adoption, ignore the need for constraints and you loose all distinctiveness.  I’ve been talking for …

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

It has been a curious, if interesting week with a more or less perfect ending this afternoon.  It has however been busy and I’ve clocked up some very long days starting before 0600 and rarely finishing before 2000.  the reason is the series of sprints that we initiated to get the wiki populated on core methods associated with the EU Field Guide.  We‘ve (or rather Nia and Nat have) also been getting the new Cynefin Centre website up and I’ve also had the distraction of been patronised by a group of extremely threatened cyberneticians on social media.  The net result …

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It has been a curious, if interesting week with a more or less perfect ending this afternoon.  It has however been busy and I’ve clocked up some very long days starting before 0600 and rarely finishing before 2000.  the reason is the series of sprints that we initiated to get the wiki populated on core methods associated with the EU …

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

I’m spending the bulk of Sunday getting ready for an intensive series of sprints next week to get the Cynefin wiki populated with all the methods and concepts outlined within the recently published field-guide.  The decision to shift all the various methods that I, and colleagues, have developed over the years into open source was an easy decision to make.  For a start, most of them are out there anyway in various forms and a few have been copied with varying degrees of attribution over the years and frequently corrupted in the process.  By creating a definitive version of the method …

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I’m spending the bulk of Sunday getting ready for an intensive series of sprints next week to get the Cynefin wiki populated with all the methods and concepts outlined within the recently published field-guide.  The decision to shift all the various methods that I, and colleagues, have developed over the years into open source was an easy decision to make.  For …

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

So this weekend is the Winter Revel of HTLGI, virtual thanks to Covid but I still hope that we will back under tents at Hay this summer.  Virtual gives you the same richness of content, and in more comfortable surroundings but I miss the conversations and the being in one physical place and concentrating on what has been said.  Listening at home it is too easy to pick up exchanges on social media, handle the odd email and provide due attention and care to the cat while trying to listen and take notes.  One of the better sessions today was …

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So this weekend is the Winter Revel of HTLGI, virtual thanks to Covid but I still hope that we will back under tents at Hay this summer.  Virtual gives you the same richness of content, and in more comfortable surroundings but I miss the conversations and the being in one physical place and concentrating on what has been said.  Listening …

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