August 27, 2021
… which ruminates when walking
Carwyn Edwards sent me an interesting link via social media the other day.  It was to an article by an […]
July 25, 2021
15 years on
So on this day, 15 years ago I wrote my first ever blog post.  I was just settling into staff […]
July 20, 2021
Ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, Mοῦσα, πολύπλοκον: some thoughts around trying to translate Cynefin into Greek
Unless this is the first time you have stumbled across this blog by accident, you might have come across the […]
July 13, 2021
Maps or charts?
I’ve always talked a lot about maps and the importance of managing the evolutionary potential of the present.  I’ve also […]
April 2, 2021
Fool or foolish?
Having All Fools Day as your birthday means that you rapidly become hyper-cautious until midday or simply avoid communication.  The […]
April 1, 2021
I will lift up my eyes …
I grew up in and around the hills of North Wales, walking most weekends when were were not dinghy sailing. […]
February 28, 2021
Trespassers W
Yesterday I raised the question of boundary conditions that will arise with our shift to an open-source, wiki-driven approach to […]
February 27, 2021
A Spotted or Herbaceous Backson?
It has been a curious, if interesting week with a more or less perfect ending this afternoon.  It has however […]
February 21, 2021
Whence, where, where next …
I’m spending the bulk of Sunday getting ready for an intensive series of sprints next week to get the Cynefin wiki […]
February 20, 2021
Differences to make a difference
So this weekend is the Winter Revel of HTLGI, virtual thanks to Covid but I still hope that we will […]
February 19, 2021
Moving on, with respect
One of the features of being a generalist is that you are always curious about new things and understanding, outside […]
February 15, 2021
Mental arithmetic
50 years ago today I was in the First Year Sixth of the Alun School and used the privilege of […]
February 11, 2021
Rosy fingered dawn …
The opening quote in the title is one of the best-known of Homer’s epithets, although in this case the picture […]
February 5, 2021
A dish best served cold? 2 of 2
Writing the first part of this a couple of days ago was very therapeutic, I got a lot of anger […]
February 3, 2021
A dish best served cold? 1 of 2
One of the first classic novels I came across, and through the medium of a radio play, was the Count […]
January 6, 2021
Twelvetide 20:13 The Baker’s dozen
This post is by way of a postscript to the main theme of the series.  To be honest, I am […]
December 14, 2020
Bone Weary
I don’t know about the rest of you but at the moment if anyone asks me how I am feeling bone-weary […]
November 16, 2020
Flexuous landscapes
This is the third, and final for the moment, post looking at the Apex/Flexuous/Ystwyth curve(s) and it is as much […]
November 8, 2020
The need for order
When I was at school, way back in the days of the white-hot heat of technological optimism, the local printers […]
September 9, 2020
Musings on Pelagianism, rules & agility
If I am honest about things I am probably guilty of Pelagianism in some form.  For those not on top […]
September 4, 2020
Necessary ambiguity
One of my best memories from the year I turned my back on Diabetes is the walk I did after […]
September 3, 2020
Self-destructive tendencies
One of the most painful ever scenes for anyone of a progressive mindset is the People’s front of Judea from […]
June 18, 2020
Change, urgency, and new opportunities: talking about climate change during a pandemic
I have been thinking a lot about climate change during the COVID-19 times (and so have many many many others). […]
April 23, 2020
Stuck Betwixt and Between
Three weeks ago, my uncle died from COVID-19. He was a second uncle and I hadn’t seen him in a […]
April 19, 2020
In praise of Texture
 I love this cartoon by Shannon Wheeler, that was posted by the New Yorker. When we watch apocalyptic movies, what […]
March 27, 2020
Aporetic Meditations
These have been trying times. Yesterday, I watched our National Development Minister tear up at a national address as he […]
March 2, 2020
Consulting in the Time of Corona (virus)
In the past 2 weeks, I have been called into a few urgent conference calls with partners and clients. As […]
December 24, 2019
releasing the Evil Spirits
I can’t say that 2019 has been the best of years.  It started well with a sentimental weekend in Pembrokeshire […]
August 22, 2019
A year later … (3 of 3)
So its over, and in terms of process and engagement one of the best retreats we’ve had.  Banner picture shows […]
August 14, 2019
Avoiding paralysis in major change
Over the last three weeks I’ve been engaged in a diverse set of projects.  Firstly the Singapore foresight and horizon […]
August 12, 2019
Swarm ‘intelligence’ 1 of 2
Today is the 13th anniversary of my starting to edit Wikipedia.  I’m now up to 34,937 edits at an average […]
December 23, 2017
A sheep in wolves clothing
Nothing pleases people more than to go on thinking what they have always thought, and at the same time imagine […]
December 5, 2017
Ahhh, this porridge is just right
Most readers will be familiar with the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the three time repetition of […]
December 4, 2017
13 years and a day (well months)
Flying into Saskatoon from Calgary today was a sentimental journey. The last time I was here was just after I […]
December 3, 2017
cum hoc ergo propter hoc
The fact that a rooster crows at sunrise does not mean it causes the sunset, the fact that you find […]
November 14, 2017
Black box or stepping stones?
A couple of decades ago I was developing two product ranges, one for decision support and the other for stock […]
November 5, 2017
Two days for the price of one
Today was one of those odd days that you get in international travel. I’m writing this from the lounge at […]
September 30, 2017
The certification question
The vexed question of certification came up in conversation yesterday. We’re going through the process of creating the right support […]
September 25, 2017
connections not things
Following last weeks highly successful Cynefin Retreat we had a Cognitive Edge management meeting at my home in Wiltshire. In […]
June 23, 2017
Having posted on expertise yesterday I found myself thinking about the issue in the course of a six hour drive […]
May 9, 2017
When to stick?
I should probably have watched out for today’s Gaping Void cartoon before mentioning humility in yesterday’s post! In the text […]
May 8, 2017
Random walk, but with coherence
In reality very few aspects of human life have the tidy linear progression of a ladder, although the snakes on […]
May 6, 2017
The sounds of silence
Not the easiest if cartoons today, its not a condition I often face! But silence is something I use a […]
May 4, 2017
The trust word
A weapon is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary either as A thing designed or used for inflicting bodily harm […]
May 3, 2017
Pragmatism requires knowledge
I’m half thinking of using the daily Gaping Void download to stimulate my posts this month. I may not keep […]
February 28, 2017
Field Notebooks
My final full day in Australia before I return home via way of Milan and it was a mix of […]
February 27, 2017
I had three presentations today and my voice held up, just. I’ve had a bad cold for weeks and jumping […]
February 18, 2017
On travel …
So its late at night after a longish drive up from the Arms Park and I’m about to embark on […]
February 16, 2017
Paranoid or naive?
My post of yesterday induced a marvin-moment in one respondent. For those unfamiliar with the term it is a reference […]
February 13, 2017
A blustery day
  I am, exceptionally at home for a whole week before heading for New Zealand on Sunday. In theory it […]
February 3, 2017
Facile or felicitous?
I realise up front that there is a danger that this post may be misinterpreted. So to be clear I […]
February 1, 2017
On energy gradients
  Now bear with me on this as I am thinking aloud …. I woke up this morning to a […]
January 10, 2017
Pathways with purpose?
I’ve done the ascent and descent of the path to Llyn Bochlywd at the base of Tryfan in North Wales […]
January 6, 2017
Today is the festival of Epiphany, the end of the Christmas festivities and I spent it in Bangor working on […]
December 26, 2016
2: a mixture of pungencies, half exquisite and half plain
I’m building around the welsh word hiraeth today and I will return to it in subsequent posts. The best definition […]
December 15, 2016
My final day in Ottawa was occupied with two open meetings to discuss the novel forms of research represented by […]
December 15, 2016
My final day in Ottawa was occupied with two open meetings to discuss the novel forms of research represented by […]
December 15, 2016
My final day in Ottawa was occupied with two open meetings to discuss the novel forms of research represented by […]
December 15, 2016
Social innovation labs, initial thoughts
For one reason or another I’ve ended up talking about various social innovation labs in multiple locations over the last […]
December 5, 2016
Curmudgeon, cynic and contrarian
The American writer Jon Winokur defined a Curmudgeon as Anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretence and has the temerity to […]
December 1, 2016
The domain of disorder (i)
I’m out to Milan tomorrow and I am starting to feel like a Typhoid Mary for the unexpected having been […]
October 11, 2016
of morality & metaphor
I promised in my last post to pick up the question of ethics, and more specifically in the context of […]
September 22, 2016
The evolution of technology
The picture comes from Monday’s VIP tour of NASA before a workshop of innovation at which I was a guest […]
September 16, 2016
back to the salt mines
After yesterday’s post using salt marshes as a visual image of providing direction in a complex system I shouldn’t be […]
August 9, 2016
The physicality of thought
For the last nine days I’ve been following this sign around the coast from St Dogmaels to Criccieth. The full […]
July 19, 2016
Narrative as aesthetic
I decided it was time to tackle the backlog of 238 emails in the folder I park material for potential […]
July 12, 2016
The flight of the owl of Minerva
A rather eclectic series of thoughts make up this post. I spent an hour or so on the phone this […]
July 10, 2016
Organisation by Cynefin domain
I was driving Sonja back to Cape Town airport this morning after a very useful session yesterday with Marietjie and […]
June 21, 2016
Here be dragons ….
I’ve been too long away from this blog for which apologies. An error of judgement on the south col of […]
March 16, 2016
I’ve been called worse
My main engagement today was to present on the application of complexity theory to forecasting to a group of senior […]
March 10, 2016
Face to face
If Tuesday was Washington then today is Bergen and tomorrow Austin – one of the worst travel weeks in a […]
March 9, 2016
Chicken or egg?
At the Librarian event in Washington yesterday one of my three goto points at the end of the presentation was […]
March 2, 2016
It is fashionable in systems thinking and complexity circles to use Scientific Management as the demon by which sainthood is […]
February 27, 2016
Social indicators
I’ll get back to the Predation and products series later in the week, more thinking and sketching to do there. […]
February 13, 2016
Modern heresy
Catharism was a medieval heresy who believed there were two Gods, one evil and one good. All matter was evil […]
February 3, 2016
…to know which he doth not.
I am working on a longer thought piece on the Knowledge Economy following my two days in Kuwait but that […]
February 2, 2016
This is the first of a series of occasional posts I plan using English words that have gone out of […]
January 28, 2016
What’s it all about?
I spent the latter part of today in Pontio at Bangor University. I was there to attend a lecture on […]
January 18, 2016
More on the platitudes of leadership
Once upon a time, a long time ago, I had a general management position and performed the leadership dance. Some […]
January 17, 2016
Pathetic fallacy
A frustrating day as I didn’t hit my writing target for last night so had to stay in to complete […]
January 15, 2016
Three blogs using Gaping Void cartoons, but this was too good to ignore and it builds on my leadership post […]
January 14, 2016
Leadership is contextual
In yesterday’s post I said that I would look at the role of a leader in initiating and making change. […]
January 12, 2016
I’ve been thinking and reading about time recently and not for morbid reasons. Some of that thinking is practical in […]
January 11, 2016
An article in the Washington Post caught my attention at the end of last year. It argues against open plan […]
January 6, 2016
Well you could do it like that …
I’m still in an OD mindset after the last twelve days of posting and there are few loose ends to […]
December 22, 2015
What’s in a name?
It’s the winter solstice and time to break by near two month absence from blogging. I’m not totally sure of […]
October 5, 2015
A question of balance
I survived my first night in a bunk bed since 1978 relearning old skills: balancing a torch on the pillow […]
October 4, 2015
Close encounters of the engineering kind?
I spent most of the day clearing email on a sequence of trains to Glasgow. I am due to keynote […]
October 3, 2015
Would it smell as sweet?
I got asked a question earlier today by Liza van der Merwe about what the name is for the various […]
September 9, 2015
On the value of order
One of my favourite Cynefin related Gaping Void cartoons. A key aspect of Cynefin is that it respects the value […]
April 17, 2015
A day in Dallas
The event was an interesting one as the focus was on Cynefin in the context of Emergency Management with a […]
April 13, 2015
Teaching as learning
My annual trip to Nice to teach the Masters programme in Entrepreneurship.   It’s a regular routine by now, land […]
April 12, 2015
One of the things I have long argued is the any desktop (or now app) environment is a personal thing. […]
February 20, 2015
The science of common sense
A solid day’s teaching at Hull Business School today based one a set of material I have used in this […]
February 20, 2015
The science of common sense
A solid day’s teaching at Hull Business School today based one a set of material I have used in this […]
February 18, 2015
Thinking differently for SenseMaker®
A rather novel to start to the day; discovering that the Cathedral Road B&B I am staying in is owned […]
February 12, 2015
Describe don’t evaluate
One of the things I have been emphasising for the last two days when I have been talking about SenseMaker® […]
February 11, 2015
Any speaker needs an audience
Day two of recording material for Intel training and I am now into the swing of it.  The material is […]
February 9, 2015
You can’t blame Bellarmine
A long flight to San Jose by way of Los Angeles today in preparation for two days of recording for […]
February 7, 2015
Another walk today, this time with Iwan from Ogmore Point to Porthcawl.  I had originally planned this as one long […]
February 6, 2015
Trophic cascades
For those not familiar with the term it describes the various changes that take place in an eco system when […]
February 5, 2015
Mapping interdependencies
Day two of the ETHOS event and we are starting to focus on applications both for customers but also to […]
February 1, 2015
Buyer/organisation alignment
It has been a busy weekend with our management meeting taking place in Bicester.  Most of us are in the […]
January 7, 2015
Sensitive little souls
One of the really great things about growing up in my family was that we could have an argument without […]
November 24, 2014
A return to ritual dissent
One of the most popular methods I ever created is ritual dissent.  By happy coincidence it is also one of […]
October 27, 2014
Clusters in the tail
A very satisfying first day in our Small Countries Big Ideas programme held overlooking the harbour here in Caernarfon.  The […]
September 5, 2014
Barber shop ramblings
Today was one of those days that occasionally hit you when you travel a lot.   I came in overnight […]
July 31, 2014
Speaking in Medellin
I delivered my keynote at Héroes Fest this afternoon here in Medellin and it produced what is to date my […]
July 28, 2014
Passing through Wellington
I made it into Wellington yesterday afternoon and spent the evening on necessary domestics and eating in, given an apartment […]
July 16, 2014
On public speaking
I delivered a webinar this evening for a client of Harvard Business on leadership and complexity.  Cynefin was already in […]
July 14, 2014
Proud father time
It's being four years coming and the final result was not without its last minute trauma but today I ended […]
July 11, 2014
Of artisanship
A couple of years ago at the Hay Festival there was a debate on the relationship between art and craft. […]
June 23, 2014
On the new bike
I took up cycling many moons ago when we lived in Send.  I'd more or less given up on running […]
June 6, 2014
Eating our own dogfood
Back up to Bangor for the second time in a week, bad planning that but it was unavoidable.  This time […]
March 24, 2014
The bunny of disappointment
Yesterday I referenced the Melvyn Bragg podcast on complexity with Ian Stewart, Jeff Johnson and Eve Middleton-Kelly.  Now I am […]
March 23, 2014
An obsessional interlude
I spent most of yesterday exhibiting my obsessive tendency. This may come as a shock to some readers, but when […]
March 20, 2014
Brown field architecture
Enterprise Architecture seems to be catching up with Agile in terms of interest in complexity in general and Cynefin in […]
February 16, 2014
Good to have few choices
One of the interesting aspects of spending far too much time on planes is that you often see films that […]
January 24, 2014
On education
Today was a work day in that I had a long standing appointment to meet with the Vice Chancellor at […]
January 16, 2014
Preparation as brinkmanship
I was living on the edge this morning with my keynote.  The subject was Big Data and I was being […]
January 10, 2014
Pragmatism, realism & difference
We packed a lot into the last two days, adding meetings over meals as needed to compensate for two days […]
January 5, 2014
Of small things
“It's a little Anxious,” he said to himself, “to be a Very Small Animal Entirely Surrounded by Water. One of […]
December 16, 2013
fides caritate formata
The daily Gaping Void cartoon is one of the ways I keep sane.  Every now and then one of them […]
December 15, 2013
Pragmatic change in the Now
The final day of the Supporting Agile Adoption event in Portland made for an interesting morning followed by a three hour […]
December 12, 2013
On patents
A long drive down from Seattle to Portland today and in bad weather which made it more of an endurance […]
December 9, 2013
un-satiable curtiosity
I'm staying at the Talaris Conference Centre this week to run a sold out Cognitive Edge course and its a […]
November 2, 2013
Symbiosis: the back story
I've had a few questions recently as to whether Cognitive Edge is a software company, a consultancy group or a […]
October 14, 2013
Of material objects
The last three days have been bonus time with my trip to Tampa cancelled thanks to the impasse in the […]
October 11, 2013
Musing on pendulums
A long drive last night from Cardiff to Shipley to spend the morning with Yorkshire Water in support of Jon […]
October 9, 2013
Of boundaries
The day started with a short walk down the Rhine with David Griffiths and David Gurteen to the conference centre […]
October 1, 2013
Dendrology with a twist
I'm settled into Cleveland Ohio for the rest of the week to speak at a conference tomorrow and to work […]
September 5, 2013
Sense-making & Lithuania
My first time in Kaunas but not my first time in Lithuania.   I was here to speak at the […]
June 11, 2013
I've been using this Gaping Void cartoon for some time to illustrate a key model that originally came out of […]
June 11, 2013
I've been using this Gaping Void cartoon for some time to illustrate a key model that originally came out of […]
June 4, 2013
We deal with some big issues for our clients and partners on a regular basis and as a small company […]
June 3, 2013
Storytelling & narrative
I’m finishing off my entry for the Sage Encyclopaedia of Action Research on organisational storytelling.  It has been interesting to […]
June 2, 2013
Anyone following the rumour mill around the Apple announcements on the 10th of June will know that one of the […]
May 31, 2013
State of the Net 2013
I enjoyed my keynote at State of the Net 2013 here in Trieste, mind you I enjoyed it last year as […]
April 5, 2013
It may take fire
A busy week with three days in Helsinki working on an Agile/Cynefin course and then most of today spent getting […]
March 28, 2013
On eating
A highly enjoyable evening before flying out of Singapore.  A meal, hosted by Peter Ho with Brian Arthur, Jan Vasbinder […]
March 27, 2013
On writing
I managed to write a whole article from start to finish today.  It's about Complexity and Lean for the special […]
March 20, 2013
IT futures
I had one big set piece presentation today on complexity and the role of IT and started off with a […]
March 18, 2013
Hong Kong, via Helsinki
A long overnight to Hong Kong by way of Helsinki more or less wiped out today.   I got some […]
March 8, 2013
Complex actions workshop
An early morning briefing session today for a strategy session I am facilitating next week.  I've done a few of […]
March 7, 2013
I need an audience!
Up to London today to give the opening keynote to the combined Public and Finance sector Agile conference in London. […]
February 24, 2013
Judgement & statistics
Watching the rugby match between Scotland and Ireland today was interesting for a neutral.  Come to think of it, its […]
February 23, 2013
My love affair with Apple continues after the ease of setting up the now restored MacBook Pro.  Plug in the […]
February 12, 2013
The glory of Weimar
By coincidence I saw two plays this week.  The first on Monday night was Brecht's Life of Galileo, at the […]
February 3, 2013
Henley & a FB variant
If you have just driven for two days through some of the most delightful scenery in the world, then a […]
February 1, 2013
small places, big thoughts
My original plan for today had been to get in a days walking in Snowdonia, possibly the Minffordd track up […]
January 25, 2013
Anna Karenina
I started a long flight to Singapore via Tokyo yesterday, an odd routing necessitated by the need to use air […]
January 24, 2013
A hotchpotch or ragbag
I ran through the various papers on narrative yesterday.  I spent longer than I planned on that post as I […]
January 15, 2013
Intermission with a cold
Today on the schedule was a free day, so a chance to catch up on a backlog of email and […]
January 14, 2013
Winds of change
After a weekend of internal stuff today was all about client meetings while Michael taught the foundations course.  The government […]
January 13, 2013
Memories of dubbin & blisters
After too long an absence I am back in the Maritimes to meet with senior Government officials and run an […]
December 18, 2012
Bratislava Blue
This week Tony Quinlan and I have been working on the design of a set of parallel projects for the […]
December 8, 2012
Ad libitum
The crane in this picture was used in the recovery programme from Pearl Harbour, its located in the Navy Yard […]
December 6, 2012
The Salmon effect
I was teaching the new framework for the sub-domain of complexity yesterday in Seattle Public Library to an interesting group […]
December 5, 2012
Breaking pattern entrainment
One of the most erudite of New Statesman columnists is Martha Gill, and that is a major compliment give that […]
November 28, 2012
Singapore to Cardiff
I had too much good champagne on the flight back last night.  Every now and then I end up on […]
November 22, 2012
On synthesis
Final day of the advanced course in London today, and I wish I had recorded it.  I taught the same […]
November 20, 2012
Keeping a watchful eye
I left Calgary at the start of developing snow storm in another delayed flight; not by the storm but mechanical […]
November 19, 2012
Fractals in organisational sense-making - part one
Fractals are among the mathematical and artistic wonders of working with complexity.  In general the word means something that is […]
November 16, 2012
Seven characteristics of resilience
Today saw the first course I have run specifically on the subject of resilience.  It was an experiment but one […]
November 15, 2012
and that’s awkward
I was chatting this morning with Daughter who is now in the first year of her MA in Anthropology.  The […]
November 12, 2012
Don’t buck the process
Frank Herbert's Dune series is one of the classics of science fiction and fantasy (it bridges the two).  It lost […]
November 12, 2012
Constraints in on line interaction
I withdrew from my last remaining listserv this morning.  I used to be active in several but generally I found […]
November 8, 2012
Portfolios of pragmatism
Day three of KM Asia and I have a half day seminar on Agile and KM to run.   Its […]
November 7, 2012
When the boundaries blur
Day two of KM Asia opens with a keynote by yours truly – both days which is a compliment and […]
November 6, 2012
Of conferences, keynotes and discussion
It's KM Asia 2012 and I am a keynote, as I have for every occurrence of this event I think. […]
November 5, 2012
The necessity of constraint
Chris Bellavita of the Navy Post Graduate School over in Monterrey has authored a few articles using Cynefin including this […]
October 22, 2012
Dark satanic mills & sylvan glades
With apologies to Cezanne who I doubt intended his painting of factories near Mont-de-Cengle to illustrate a summary of a […]
October 17, 2012
Le sens commun est fort rare
Its the KM Conference season so I am in Washington for KM World.  I don't know if its a compliment […]
October 17, 2012
Using, not avoiding conflict
My second session at KM World was a facilitated 45 minutes on how to solve intractable problems.  I prefer intractable […]
September 25, 2012
And…I’m back!
Excitement mounts. In a couple days I'll be flying to Jakarta as one-sixteenth of Cappella Martialis to sing Brahms' Ein […]
September 14, 2012
On flying
I don't think I will ever really tire of flying.  I sometimes think its the modern equivalent of a retreat. […]
September 14, 2012
It just works!
Every now and then a tool comes along which is so fit for purpose that its simplicity is a form […]
September 10, 2012
“Conscience is but a word that cowards use”
To Stratford this evening and the Swan Theatre (my favourite of all the RSC's venues) for a performance of Richard […]
August 30, 2012
Thrice given presentations
Twice cooked pork is one of my favourite dishes in Singapore and it serves as a metaphor for todays somewhat […]
August 13, 2012
Endless summers
I landed in Singapore Sunday evening after a great relaxing three days. I took two days off to walk two […]
July 30, 2012
Coherence revisited
I've been using the idea of coherence for some years most recently in my recent post on the complex domain […]
July 25, 2012
The war of Northern Aggression
Readers may or may not be familiar with Mani, the founder of Manichaeism pictured here.  Mani was a Persian prophet […]
July 13, 2012
Now you’ve lost your first crane …
I was thinking about project management today and this cartoon from Hugh came to mind. In part the thoughts (but […]
July 11, 2012
Comment on content, not on the contributor
Wikipedia has long fascinated me as a complex adaptive system.  The key component is that no one will adjudicate a […]
July 9, 2012
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman
The picture is of a medieval baker and his apprentice, a choice that will have a poignancy for veterans of […]
June 10, 2012
HTLGI2012: Reverse Manichaeism
This slogan is one of singularly most stupid ones I have ever seen on a badge or a T-shirt.  Manichaeism […]
June 9, 2012
HTLGI2012: Ever onwards!
In case of confusion, this post is part of a catch up exercise, one month late (sigh) so written in […]
May 2, 2012
Of Unicorns and virgins
David Griffiths, aside from being a fellow welshman with a proper appreciation of the religious aspects of rugby (I am […]
April 1, 2012
The wise fool
Back in 1977 I was in the SCM office (of which I was then Student President), then located in a […]
March 10, 2012
Sea ice in Helsinki
I gave an opening address last Friday at ScanAgile 2012 on the general subject of the the 3Cs of complexity. […]
January 8, 2012
In between my own backlog of work and dispatching son back to the University of Warwick I have been listening […]
January 7, 2012
Books do furnish a room
The title of this post is drawn from the tenth novel, and the first of the fourth movement of Anthony […]
January 3, 2012
Good company
So its the second day of the new year and I am on my first flight of 2012 to Zurich. […]
November 9, 2011
The ineffable, the inexpiable & the inexpicable
The last month has had a few deja vu moments with the ACS speaking tour and three virtual presentations to […]
October 30, 2011
Sense-making in a hostage situation
I’ve been meaning to share this story for a bit. For some years now the Cynefin framework has been taught […]
October 28, 2011
Thoughts from the Bene Gesseret
“Give me the judgement of balanced minds in preference to laws every time. Codecs and manuals create patterned behaviour. All […]
October 24, 2011
“Education is wisdom wrung from failure”
I’ve been making the point for some years now that we learn more from failure that we do from success, […]
May 9, 2011
Engagement, enactment, enrichment
I got asked for some ideas by an old friend the other day on the vexed question of employment engagement. […]
March 20, 2011
Story blind
So it’s early on Sunday morning and I’m checking email, my wikipedia watch list and twitter after feeding the cats. […]
March 18, 2011
Penile spines & sensory whiskers
I switched my subscription recently from Scientific American to New Scientist. I discovered I was picking up the latter in […]
March 14, 2011
The importance of error
Cartoon licensed (yes I did pay) from Cartoon Stock It was too good not to use. While this posting has […]
March 13, 2011
Co-evolution in Sci Fi.
Hat tip to Mika Latokartano for the link to this infographic on the history Sci-Fi. As ever one can argue […]
February 14, 2011
The New Statesman offers a suggestion that the US should abandon The Star-Spangled Banner as its national anthem and revert […]
February 5, 2011
Reading styles
I’ve been involved in an interesting exchange with Cynthia Kurtz on her blog which is worth reading in full. When […]
January 24, 2011
Town and country
Most people will know Aesop’s tale of the country mouse, tempted by the apparently easy life of the town mouse […]
December 14, 2010
Speaks for itself really
Souce: Gaping Void
December 11, 2010
Cynefin & software testing
A few days ago I produced a minor tirade about people forgetting the fifth domain of Cynefin and trying to […]
November 21, 2010
“I love Italian opera—it’s so reckless”
. Regular readers of this blog will know my passion for opera. It remains the supreme form of art, combining […]
November 20, 2010
Live with it, don’t pretend you can avoid it
Dilbert is always interesting, but every now and then we get a strip which is spot on; scroll down to […]
November 19, 2010
The power of words to terrify
A very disrupted flight back overnight. I got to National to discover the flight to Chicago was delayed, so I […]
November 17, 2010
Customer satisfaction
One of the things you learn to do if you are brought up in the UK is to avoid complaint […]
September 5, 2010
Weekend reflections
A busy week with a Gates Foundation event in London and client meetings involving hours of driving so I have […]
August 26, 2010
The Kings Arms
To Oxford today for a series of meetings. Firstly more work on the use of SenseMaker® as a new way […]
August 25, 2010
Straw, reed and willow
I’ve had a stressful week with several work projects, compounded by issues for/with spouse, children and Her Majesty’s Inspector of […]
August 16, 2010
Flirting with danger
An interesting post on Anthropology in Practice speculates on why we like spicy food. The preference for sweet things is […]
August 9, 2010
Management Education
Sunday was Henry Mintzburg day at the AoM with two sessions involving the master. The AoM organising committee really deserve […]
July 29, 2010
The bridge is stuck …
Just a quickie for today, if you haven’t seen Ron’s post on self-organisation following a bridge failure in Whitby read […]
July 26, 2010
Legitimate cultural difference or barbaric rite?
Having spent the last week working with the recently formed European Institute for Gender Equality I was more than usually […]
July 22, 2010
Moral questions
An interesting ethical debate about to arise on Wikipedia (or it will do when I wake up). Is a system […]
June 21, 2010
Thoughts on models and modelling
I sort of knew this before but only really articulated it at the seminar today here in Wellington. The essence […]
June 9, 2010
from Rousseau to Surowiecki
I was reading up on Rousseau this evening. My daughter is home for a week of intensive revision for her […]
June 5, 2010
Wriggle room
Ok we are all in favour of transparency, but we are in danger of forgetting about the power of discretion. […]
April 26, 2010
Moving away form the superficial
If I didn’t already have four prints from Gaping Void (plus the three I bought for other people) then I […]
April 19, 2010
Between memory and experience
Irene Guijt pointed me to this TED talk by Daniel Kahneman who has a substantial claim to be the inventor […]
April 8, 2010
Architecture not application
I’ve been thinking and reading around the subjects of architecture and design recently. I have been arguing for some time […]
April 6, 2010
May 6th, Red fly the banners oh
The first General Election that I remember is in 1964 when I was the Labour Party candidate in the mock […]
March 16, 2010
Getting the task of closing or opening a conference is always a more interesting task than slotting in to the […]
March 8, 2010
From the irritating to the interesting
I think Hugh must be living a parallel life at the moment! This was today’s Gaping Void cartoon and it […]
March 6, 2010
Information ecologies
An interesting day yesterday in New York. I was part of a small but select group discussing the information ecology […]
February 20, 2010
From induction to abduction
My seminar on the above subject is now available online. It’s the most recent thinking on the basis for SenseMaker™ […]
December 31, 2009
Fog in channel, England cut off
I had a long Skype conversation with Ulrike Reinhard this afternoon. I met Ulrike for the first time in Frankfurt […]
November 20, 2009
Public transport
A quick day trip to Seattle today to meet with our patent lawyers (I still surprise myself every time I […]
November 9, 2009
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
I had dinner with Max Boisot a couple of weeks ago. Max is one of few remaining polymaths in this […]
November 1, 2009
The chef & the recipe book user
One of the key metaphors I used in my keynote at KM India was that of the difference between a […]
October 10, 2009
F, B, D♯ & G♯
Some days are surreal, yesterday I picked up the news of the Nobel Peace Prize just before a performance of […]
September 24, 2009
Purity & danger
A nicely ambiguous cartoon from Gaping Void. One of those ones that sets you back a bit and forces you […]
September 23, 2009
Defining KM
My earlier post on KM governance attracted some outstandingly thoughtful comments and I will reply to them all shortly. One […]
September 18, 2009
Alternatives to the CKO
I had to write a report today, a longish process. As a part of that I was looking at the […]
September 6, 2009
3 days @ Lake Garda, thinking about exaptation
Today was a bit of a saga travel wise, but the destination was worth it. My day started at 0815 […]
September 1, 2009
Drivers and modulators
Photograph courtesy of Daynoir I’ve been involved in a few interesting email exchanges of late with people using the Cynefin […]
August 31, 2009
An enigma remembered
Back in 1997 on this day early in the morning I was up and working in our old sitting room […]
August 28, 2009
Horizontal knowledge sharing
One of the things which is different about meeting organisations in South Africa is that you are never far from […]
August 27, 2009
I have been absent from the blogosphere for two weeks for which apologies, a combination of a punishing seven week […]
August 8, 2009
AOM early reflections & Fox News
13½ hours from Sydney to Los Angeles, 4 hours from there to Chicago, 3 hours from the airport to my […]
August 2, 2009
Finally, someone who ran away to join a circus
The picture is sunset at the Deep Creek Conservation Park south of Adelaide. Mike drove me down by way of […]
July 27, 2009
The power of language
Checking in for the flight to Perth this morning in Singapore there was a problem getting my loyalty card into […]
July 21, 2009
I am staying in the Swiss Hotel, Stamford in Singapore. It’s an old haunt from IBM days and has one […]
July 17, 2009
Sleepless in Seattle
The flight out of Seattle today provided some spectacular views of Mount Rainier. It also features on the new Starbucks […]
July 4, 2009
Fighting the last war
The Federal KM listserv has been much occupied with the question of creating a federal CKO and knowledge centre. Some […]
April 26, 2009
Sunday in Alexandria
Sunday has been spent in Alexandria, Virgina and a busy day. It started early (around 0400) getting involved in low […]
April 24, 2009
Beware the blanket octopodes
I enjoyed yesterday’s lecture on the theme of symbiosis. The audience all understood the subject area and it was thus […]
April 21, 2009
“take a pinch of this then …..”
I’m currently teaching two days in Nice as part of an MBA programme on entrepreneurship. I seem to come to […]
April 12, 2009
A question …
When does being open minded, slip into being gullible? Accepting creationism is clearly on the gullibility end of the scale, […]
March 17, 2009
Bad titles and the need for theory to inform practice
The question of surveys, and employee engagement has been buzzing around the ActKM listserv and more recently the use of […]
March 10, 2009
Give me year 10 anytime
I've been getting ready for our second trip to Liverpool with a bunch of school children about to act as […]
March 10, 2009
The ordinariness of hatred (and a request for help)
Our year 10 ethnographers did a great job today, gathering over 300 stories for the project and having a great […]
March 9, 2009
Dealing and playing the cards
I caught up with some reading over the weekend, including the New Scientist where this article had attracted my attention. […]
March 4, 2009
In the real world there is no respawning
A long day in London today with a series of meetings on possible and current projects. A morning crisis (never […]
February 28, 2009
Drachten, horses & cognition
A well written posting from Mark Gould that picks up the origin of the word manage in english (manège, french […]
February 14, 2009
Don’t trust the soup
Aiden and Sonja over at Narrative Labs have just completed a narrative project on mine safety. I had the pleasure […]
February 7, 2009
tweeting the flock
Micro-blogging and more specifically Twitter is without a doubt one of the most useful of social computing tools, albeit with […]
February 4, 2009
Moral purpose
OK, if he goes through with this then I’m really impressed. Add in retrospective recovery of any bonus won by […]
February 3, 2009
Language twists
Words are powerful things, and associating words in unusual ways is a powerful method of getting people to sit up […]
February 1, 2009
Cycles, chasms and the hype curve
A few days ago I posted on Praxis using Handy’s sigmoid curves. I hinted then that I planned to combine […]
January 25, 2009
Rosy fingered dawn and a white frozen creek
With apologies to Homer. I have come to the end of my week of writing with Mary and leave to […]
December 28, 2008
That monsterous regiment
Radio 4 is one of the greatest institutions ever created by a Broadcasting Company. It has over the years created […]
December 18, 2008
Wikipedia update
For those who followed my earlier posts I am pleased to say that, at least for the moment, right did […]
November 30, 2008
We just forgot about it for a while
The other major keynote at KM Asia was Nancy Dixon and it was good to meet up again after several […]
November 24, 2008
Good films in unexpected places
Qantas as usual are doing their bit to make my taste more catholic in nature by being cheapskates; failing to […]
November 20, 2008
Views on blogging
Lilia Efimova interviewed me sometime ago about my use of blogs for her thesis. She has just published the results […]
November 19, 2008
A ten day tour of Ireland
An interesting question today. I am in Ballymena working on a training/experimental project for the health sector. A question arise […]
November 12, 2008
What about those holes?
I have been chatting on and off with my Lacanian Psychoanalyst friend Julia about a range of issues and we […]
October 11, 2008
Dangers of biological determinism
An excellent post from Neuroanthropology showing the way in which stereotypes with poor researchand even poorer reporting can get things […]
October 8, 2008
Codes & clues, credit & crisis
Still conference blogging. Now an early morning session with Michael Lissak who has changed his original talk to a complexity […]
October 6, 2008
Elevator pitches, the world cafe and the fog of war
One of the many aspects of a modern management culture that I have never really understood, although I have learnt […]
October 4, 2008
Blog storms …
I am writing a monthly column for KM world which is interesting, the 700-1000 word format is a good one. […]
October 2, 2008
Be honest, don’t deceive yourself
I have had a long term concern, which if anything has strengthened over time, over some of the ethical issues […]
October 2, 2008
A sense of proportion
I was driving home from Swindon this evening, having parked the car there to take the train to Cardiff. Just […]
September 27, 2008
Who slept here?
I arrived home early afternoon today to unpack and prepare to fly out tomorrow midday to Derry for a couple […]
September 25, 2008
Creating bigger needles
Coming in late to the keynote this morning and one I have been looking forward to on the linke between […]
September 23, 2008
Blue faced Leicester
My Google alert on Cynefin came up with a couple of interesting links this morning. One was to the success […]
September 23, 2008
Innovation Sherpa
First up keynote at KM World is John Kao, starting off very autobiographical with a whole list of complementary names […]
September 23, 2008
Executive Sponsors
Off stage after a hot seat session (interesting but not deeply challenging questions) and now listening to Stacy Land talk […]
September 22, 2008
Music while you work
I’ve been suffering writer’s block for some weeks now; its incredible how much time you can spend editing WIkipedia when […]
September 21, 2008
Sharing is natural, let it be, oh let it be
I’ve absented myself from the ActKM forum for a period, in part because repeating past exchanges with what I call […]
September 19, 2008
Harrison acknowledged …
It’s nice to see that John Harrison is finally getting acknowledgement with the dedication of a stone to his memory […]
September 17, 2008
one consonant lost and a verb changed
There are lots of ways to calm traffic in a small village. Speed bumps, chicanes, permanent speed cameras, even vigilantes […]
September 16, 2008
The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes
On this day in 1992 Britain dropped out of the exchange rate mechanism, otherwise known as the snake. That day […]
September 11, 2008
Learning through contrast
Watching someone else facilitate with an established method is always fascinating. Contrasts make you think. Cognitive Edge facilitation focuses on […]
September 2, 2008
There are so many doors to open. I am impatient to begin
The art of the short story in science fiction/fantasy seems to have fallen off in recent years. We have more […]
September 1, 2008
But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep
Tom Davenport has an apposite post (well from my point of view at least) about the fact that holiday and […]
August 22, 2008
It’s buried so deep we’ll have to use a heidegger
The 2008 edition of the Philosophical Lexicon has some wonderful new entries. Probably only funny to students of philosophy, but […]
August 21, 2008
We need an interaction metaphor
I have been working for the last three days for a US Government client on what has been a fascinating […]
August 16, 2008
After the seriousness of the last two weeks I thought some light relief was in order. I have no idea […]
August 4, 2008
Between Empires, a reflection
I’ll get back to the part II of The Emperor’s Chessboard tomorrow. At the moment there is a flurry of […]
July 24, 2008
KM on the Wet Coast
I had a meeting the other day with Dan Shannon in a Starbucks in Vancouver (no new city mugs this […]
July 23, 2008
The reductionist knol
It is interesting to see pattern entrainment in action. Google is so caught up in the patterns of its prior […]
July 21, 2008
Adult games
I am coming to a growing realisation that active editing of the Wikipedia is a different form of multi-user computer […]
July 20, 2008
3Cs of complexity
My mind was activated by a head wind and rain walking between the domestic and international terminals at Auckland en […]
July 14, 2008
Once upon a time
I am just completing a chapter for a book on Organizational Memory. It is due today US time, and I […]
July 6, 2008
Interesting uses of Cynefin
Technorati threw out two blogs this morning which reference the Cynefin framework. Both are interesting and worth a read. The […]
July 4, 2008
…opposed to the hedonism of capitalist society
On this day sixty years ago Sylvia Beckingham was admitted to hospital for treatment. She was the first patient of […]
June 30, 2008
At last some hope
Mary Boone ( my co-author on the HBR article) sent me the attached circular from her old college. Good to […]
June 28, 2008
A late night return last night, and getting ready for a four week round the world trip starting this evening […]
June 26, 2008
Public transport again and a whinge or two
I flew out to Paris this morning for a set of meetings, which involved an 0400 alarm call having got […]
June 12, 2008
Computer science
I gave the opening keynote at an Agile conference in Limerick this morning and enjoyed the questions and company. The […]
June 1, 2008
Reason or rationality?
An interesting debate on the WIkipedia over the weekend on the definition of philosophy introduced the question of reason and […]
May 31, 2008
Managers as carpenters?
Steve Freeman pointed me to this blog on the difference between a fifty year old carpenter and a novice. Its […]
May 23, 2008
In praise of the WIkipedia
One of my earliest blogs recorded an early experience editing the Wikipedia. It’s the best part of two years since […]
May 19, 2008
Harry Potter fans out there may remember that this is the spell by which Boggarts are defeated. These shape-shifters assume […]
May 16, 2008
Magic numbers
David Lomas dropped me a note to bring my attention to Donald Clark’s blog, which in turn (acknowledging all your […]
May 12, 2008
Spring is here, the bluebells are out
I am privileged to live in rural Wiltshire, and a five minute walk from my house is an tract of […]
May 8, 2008
On the wonders of radio and podcasts
Thanks to a strike by local Lorry drivers I had a fairly traffic free drive from Athens airport to Volos […]
May 6, 2008
Testicular fortitude
When people talk about having testicular fortitude in respect of a female candidate for the Presidency of the United States […]
May 1, 2008
A keynote in Perth
I gave a keynote today in Perth, Australia about the future of the ICT function, along with issues of compliance […]
April 26, 2008
Net Neutrality
A provocative and worrying take on the future of the internet with some interesting historical precedents. Thanks to Susanne Bentley […]
April 22, 2008
The night sleeper
It’s been years since I took a sleeper train and then I take two on successive nights. It worked out […]
April 18, 2008
Prediction markets
Tom Davenport has picked up on the question of prediction markets. He is looking for information on use and knowing […]
April 17, 2008
Wave-particle duality
The ActKM discussion on information and knowledge has continued to expand its range. In a recent exchange Joe Firestone made […]
April 13, 2008
549, 437 and counting
That is the number of words I have written on this blog since I started it in July 2006. I […]
April 4, 2008
The man in black speaks
Nasty shock this morning. I am sitting in the Living room, catching up on email and watching the news and […]
March 30, 2008
Dialogue on a map does not a story make
OK I have a question to ask all those science fantasy readers our there? Who spends anytime on the maps […]
March 29, 2008
once in a billion years
Sentient Developments has a nice piece on the one in a billion years chance that planned experiments at CERN will […]
March 28, 2008
Web 2.0 Podcast reference for Hong Kong Conference
For those in Hong Kong (or elsewhere) who were intrigued, irritated or whatever my by views on Web 2.0 and […]
March 22, 2008
Petticoated philosphers & virago queans
In 1911 the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes awarded a prize to one Florence Wild for proficiency in Dressmaking […]
March 21, 2008
Archetypes, foolishness and false categorisation
Graham is sounding off about the dangers of crude use of archetypes and picking a fight with Patrick Lamb in […]
March 20, 2008
Pay attention
Thanks to Christopher Bellavita, the man who brought you the Socratic version of the children’s party story for pointing me […]
March 19, 2008
They may finally have got it (but there again ….)
It’s nice to see IBM finally catching up with ideas and approaches that were first advocated by myself and others […]
March 18, 2008
Soul crushing
By sheer coincidence yesterday’s Dilbert cartoon and the delightful Paye’s Grey by Chris Priestley from the New Statesman both picked […]
March 17, 2008
A miscellany of RSS feeds and a frustration
It is early morning in Washington DC, and the USA has sprung forward a few weeks before Europe; you would […]
March 13, 2008
I have never found a rusty snake
Terry Pratchett recently announced that he had early onset Alzheimer’s which I and others with various degrees of distress blogged […]
March 8, 2008
Good design
Good design always appeals and its always nice to see people pick up key phrases or words from Cognitive Edge […]
March 7, 2008
My Sermon for today is taken from Luke 6:38
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men […]
March 1, 2008
The use of ritual
Rory, who was on the recent Copenhagen Accreditation Programme, picked up on the use of ritual to change the way […]
February 26, 2008
The path to perdition for organisational story telling
I discovered a new Ning group the other day on Story Work. Ning for those who don’t know is one […]
February 24, 2008
Saints would not make good politicians
I must say that the current controversy about the Speaker of the House of Commons using air miles for his […]
February 6, 2008
Comparing figures
Further to my earlier post I hunted down the actual figures. In the 2005 General Election in the UK, according […]
February 3, 2008
Don’t congratulate the butterfly ….
I have always been concerned about the trivialisation of serious issues by some popular authors (often journalists). The general approach […]
February 1, 2008
The games that we play ….
A blog from Tom Davenport extols the value of analytics for the Super Bowl. One quote will illustrate the tone […]
January 31, 2008
So many discoveries are accidental. Looking for one thing, finding another. While the most famous example in modern times is […]
January 28, 2008
Happy Clappy
An interesting quote here from Karl Popper’s The Defense of Rationalism published in 1945, in came up in the context […]
January 20, 2008
Absolute and relative judgement
Thanks (well possibly) to Neuroanthropology for this. Its a report of an MIT research project which purports to show that […]
January 17, 2008
The old should compliment the new
It’s always a pleasure to spend time in the field. Today I was out and about in water production and […]
January 11, 2008
Knowledge management in action
The last forty eight has been an interesting period for observation of knowledge management in practice. I reported problems with […]
January 6, 2008
Gouge out your eyes with a rusty synecdoche
John Maloney over on the Prediction Markets Google group picked up on the following quote from Doc Searls in Jay […]
January 2, 2008
The Santa delusion
I finally started to catch up on reading this week, and turned to the Christmas edition of New Scientist which […]
December 27, 2007
I have lost a friend
I had to change my passport over the Christmas break. I handed in the various forms to the local post […]
December 26, 2007
Solipsism here they come
I would love to know how otherwise intelligent people can argue as follows: all methods are subject to bias of […]
December 22, 2007
… avoid sharp knives
One of the newer science blogs, Neuroanthropology has an interesting post which shows the sort of imagination you need to […]
December 21, 2007
… there of necessity will be much arguing
Dr Paul Thomas of DNA Wales and Director of the Welsh Research Unit for Governance & Leadership has a great […]
December 16, 2007
Of cats, cameras and concerns
Patrick Lambe is cute, I turn out to be a demented kitty on a fridge raid and Kim varies between […]
December 15, 2007
a lantern, a paint-brush, and a pot of white paint.
Goggle are expanding into the Wikipedia space (sort of). Now my gut feel is that they won’t succeed, they are […]
December 11, 2007
Homo narrans
Czarniawska (1997) attributes the phrase homo narrans to Fisher (1984). Niles (1999) offers a more elaborate working of the idea […]
December 7, 2007
I am returning to the Wikipedia. In a previous post I expressed some concerns about vandalism and self promotion. I […]
December 2, 2007
The death of eMail (Part II)
A cramped four hour flight from Sao Paulo to Santiago, realising that the camera battery was flat as we crossed […]
December 1, 2007
The death of eMail (Part I)
Matt, who has the most original About Me entry of all time on his blog, is getting upset about email […]
November 30, 2007
Well said ..
[we must] rethink the relation between knowledge and emotion and construct conceptual models that demonstrate the mutually constitutive rather than […]
November 29, 2007
KM Brazil
It has been a busy year for KM conference keynotes. KM Australia, was followed up by KM Asia, KM World […]
November 20, 2007
Surveillance and terrorism
Earl and I are having an interesting exchange on his blog following recent publicity about new British proposals. In my […]
November 16, 2007
Safe-fail probes
One of the main (if not the main) strategies for dealing with a complex system is to create a range […]
November 14, 2007
Paris Hilton’s head explodes
One of my recently discovered and oh ever so well written science blogs is Cocktail Party Physics, subtitled Physics with […]
November 13, 2007
KM Keynotes (additional)
In response to several requests I have loaded the additional slides used in KM Asia here. Additional that is to […]
November 13, 2007
From early warning to early action
I was invited to attend and speak at an EU event on the above subject in Brussels this week. I […]
November 8, 2007
Professional ethics
With some of the debate on if KM will ever be a profession, this issue within the American Anthropology Association […]
November 7, 2007
Intrapreneurs, evidence and persuasion
I was sitting in a presentation at KM World this morning by Barth and Marrs on the subject of Accelerating […]
November 5, 2007
Wisdom (?) of Crowds
This morning at KM World in San Jose we started off with a memorial to Melissie Rumizen. Steve Barth, Verna […]
November 4, 2007
A change is as good as a rest
I just switched my RSS feed over to Vienna this weekend. This was partly functional, it has some cool features. […]
November 2, 2007
al•ma ma•ter |ˈälmə ˈmätər; ˈalmə|
I went back to Lancaster University yesterday to give a lecture on Naturalising Sense-Making. Those looking for the slides will […]
October 30, 2007
How about bringing back slide rules?
Thanks to Sonja’s brother for this delightful and witty New York Times article. If the author was British I would […]
October 26, 2007
Old, wise and cunning can still beat young and gifted
I got a bit carried away yesterday with four posts but this will be it for today with time off […]
October 25, 2007
Web 2.0 Podcast
Earlier this month Jon Husband of Wirearchy interviewed me on a range of issues around social computing and knowledge management. […]
October 23, 2007
Oh my god, they want me to be wise ….
I’ve just come off a conference call to a class at the University of Texas. I was there to answer […]
October 21, 2007
Greed and Professionalism
I have been carrying around a newspaper clipping from Simon Caulking in the Observer at the start of the month. […]
October 18, 2007
Sassy Red
Earl Mardle while generally agreeing with my post on IT education in schools takes issue with me over my statement […]
October 14, 2007
Professionalism in KM: a minor rant
It is nice to see Graham Durant-Law joining the blogosphere. His second post makes a plea for KM people to […]
October 13, 2007
Changing reality to fit the theory
Over a decade ago we went to see my wife’s cousin shortly after her marriage. The guy concerned was a […]
October 11, 2007
More on extremities
A good meal and conversation last night ending with a gentle walk back through the cobbled streets of Durham to […]
October 6, 2007
Twilight of the CIO
Nick Carr is playing devils advocate again to some effect: The CIO doesn’t matter,” writes vnunet’s Silicon Valley Sleuth. “In […]
October 3, 2007
Myers Briggs
A nice little satire here courtesy of Mind Hacks. Now as many of you know I have a particular dislike […]
October 2, 2007
Nice post from Nicholas Carr on the eBay confession that they made a bad investment decision in Skype. I hope […]
September 27, 2007
Basics on knowledge management programmes
I’ve just finished off a two day masterclass on KM in Kuala Lumpur with an evening lecture to University Teknologi […]
September 27, 2007
Podcast: social computing & community types
During my master class this week (see the earlier blog for details) I recorded the session on the links between […]
September 23, 2007
Two great slide shows
Two great slide shows from Rowan Manahan below. One on Getting Old (I winced several times watching this) and a […]
September 17, 2007
Art movies
When you travel a lot you get to see a lot of movies. I settled down on the flight to […]
September 13, 2007
Keynote or down-key-bluster?
I am in Houston on a flying visit to lead two Knowledge Management discussions at the Oil & Gas exchange. […]
September 10, 2007
Whose finger on the button?
A report in the Guardian today by their “science correspondent” runs under the sensationalist heading of: Brain type may dictate […]
September 7, 2007
The penny and the bun
There is an old english saying, to wit: You can’t have your penny and the bun. It harks back to […]
September 6, 2007
Leadership & Complexity
I am pleased to say that (with Mary Boone) I have had an article on Leadership and Complexity accepted for […]
August 25, 2007
Engaging with archetypes
In today’s guest blog Michael references his use of archetypes, values and themes in a current project. At the same […]
August 3, 2007
Planting flags not seeds
Well the British, the French, the Spanish, the Italians, the Portuguese and more recently the Americans can hardly complain about […]
July 31, 2007
Physics envy & visiting your doctor
These days if I am traveling to Washington I tend to either route via Chicago or fly to New York […]
July 25, 2007
“..sapping the vigor of the mind”
A brilliant quote from Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebooks courtesy of Mind Hacks Irons rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its […]
July 23, 2007
from after-action to in-action review
I did the opening keynote at KM Australia this morning. A good sized audience and great feedback. They also have […]
July 19, 2007
A brief thought on integrity
I cam across two quotes today, both of which appealed, partly for the message, but also for the neatness of […]
July 13, 2007
Integrity, some connections
If you look in the press today we have a crisis of trust in the BBC as a result of […]
July 10, 2007
1998 and all that, a return to sin
Back in 1998 Fahey & Prusak produced a list 11 Deadly sins in knowledge management. John Bordeaux in a comment […]
July 9, 2007
The way we live
This wonderful little clip on YouTube has been picked up by various bloggers too numerous to mention. Some interpret in […]
July 3, 2007
Little book blues
Lucy Kellaway writing in yesterday’s Financial Times makes a comparison between Mao’s Little Red Book and The Little Blue Book […]
May 16, 2007
Ethical stories?
My thanks to John Caddell who found this Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure produced by the Pentagon. Before anyone gets exciting […]
May 13, 2007
Thanks to Jon Kendall for this ESP test, sent to me after he had viewed the The Colour Changing Card […]
May 10, 2007
I am writing this just after listening to Jimmy Wales speak here at the APQC Knowledge & Innovation Conference and […]
May 8, 2007
O brave new world, That has such people in’t!
The Observer reports that The Cambridgeshire authorities in charge of the new £46.4m Thomas Deacon city academy in Peterborough believe […]
May 5, 2007
East is east and west is west?
Over the years a series of experiments have show differences between American and Asian in terms of the way the […]
May 2, 2007
“Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!”
Like one, that on a lonesome road Doth walk in fear and dread, And having once turned round walks on, […]
May 1, 2007
Whom God wishes to destroy, he first sends mad
I wish people wouldn’t send me things like this last thing at night. I am going to have nightmares which […]
April 30, 2007
The mad sculptor ….
Both Matt and Johnnie Moore (are they related one asks?) pick up on Bain’s 2007 Management Tools Survey. The front […]
April 29, 2007
Yellow spots
I came across the following quote from Pablo Picasso over the weekend. There are painters who transform the sun to […]
April 23, 2007
Turing Test
You know, I think one of the listservs in which I participate, for the moment, is being subject to a […]
April 20, 2007
Warbots and ethics
An interesting blog from Nicholas Carr referencing a presentation by John Canning, an engineer with the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare […]
April 18, 2007
Good samaritans
An enegmatic story courtesy of Chris Collinson: They have no physicians, but when a man is ill, they lay him […]
April 17, 2007
… a predisposition to belief
An interesting post from Philip Greenwood, with an interesting twist on description of the disordered domain as predisposition to belief […]
April 17, 2007
KM & Lean
A few days ago someone on ActKM said that someone in their organisation had decided that LEAN techniques could be […]
April 16, 2007
too close for comfort …
April 15, 2007
There are two hungers
I have been engaged in discussion on Robert Frost’s Mending Walls with Shawn, and realise that agreement will not be […]
April 11, 2007
Mending walls
I am writing this in the lecture theatre at Almaden Institute having listened to Stuart Kauffman lecture about cells as […]
April 11, 2007
Ennui & its consequences
The danger with wireless access is that if you get bored its easy to catch up on email and RSS […]
April 6, 2007
… Its not our fault: the neglect of health & safety
This is the first of three blogs arising from my visit to Moscow this week, for the first time since […]
April 1, 2007
Another natural number?
Last December I blogged on the natural numbers of 5,15 & 150 along with some of the implications in subsequent […]
April 1, 2007
Symmetries, sunburn and sevens
Last year I spent my birthday at the Hong Kong Sevens thanks to my good friend Les Hales. I got […]
March 29, 2007
…the marriage of delight and responsibility
Philip Pullman was the subject of a BBC program today. He is talking with his old school teacher of English, […]
March 26, 2007
Electronic rats & the need for Love
I don’t know if I should be amused, disturbed or distressed by this article in Spiegel magazine. Replicating a part […]
March 26, 2007
sense-making & path-finding
The diagram above was used by John Poindexter when he introduced the technology session last week at the IRAHS Symposium. […]
March 18, 2007
Tribal Mind
On my way to the airport I was listening to a podcast on trans-human thinking. More of that (and the […]
March 7, 2007
Should I give up on listserves?
I have been having a debate with myself over the last couple of weeks about my participation in various list […]
March 1, 2007
Pertinence & social intelligence
Living TV on Sky here in the UK, aside from showing two episodes of Charmed a day, is rerunning the […]
March 1, 2007
St David’s Day
For those who don’t know, today is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Wales. Interestingly and surprisingly the President of […]
February 28, 2007
Stress & the pursuit of happiness
Thanks to The Thinking Meat Project (one of the most useful science blogs on my list) for this reference to […]
February 23, 2007
Apes will be apes
It would appear that Chimpanzees are more advanced than we thought, they can use spears to kill. In the same […]
February 17, 2007
All I needed was more time
It has been some time since I shared a Mulla Nasrudin story, so here is one for your delectation. The […]
February 13, 2007
Design Hotels & Jet lag
Well its Tuesday so it must be Helsinki and I have found another wonderful hotel. What is it about Scandinavia […]
February 11, 2007
It has been one of those weekends. I made the Alamo lot at Heathrow this evening with an hour and […]
February 8, 2007
Interim post on blogs as a KM tool
Calgary has snow and a civilised temperature – I have realised that I am built for cold climates! I am […]
February 6, 2007
I have been absent from the blogosphere for a few days thanks to a 13 hour flight from Singapore to […]
February 1, 2007
an- ‘without’ and orexis ‘appetite’
Catherine Soanes at the ever useful AskOxford has a great example of the developing English Language with variations on anorexia. […]
January 30, 2007
Why I avoid taking a taxi
I am writing this from the 30th story of an apartment hotel in Brisbane, packing for a midday flight to […]
January 29, 2007
Holding up a mirror to your soul
There is an interesting dialogue in Seed Magazine on the subject of deceit between two controversial figures, namely Chomsky and […]
January 28, 2007
In the light of my Australia Day experiences it was interesting to see a BBC news item on the need […]
January 26, 2007
Fractal narratives & identity
One of the many interesting things about narrative work is that the more experience you get and more reading you […]
January 23, 2007
Purpose, not selfishness
I am currently reading Patrick Keeney’s interesting book Liberalism, Communitarianism and Education . It is an attack on theories, Utilitarian […]
January 18, 2007
Sin, thy name is efficiency
My thanks to Gary Oliver for this quote from 1972. He suggests, and I concur, that the quote stands even […]
January 12, 2007
Ridicule and the Strawman
Continuing the science theme of my last post, I am grateful to P Z Myers for this great cartoon. He […]
January 10, 2007
Dark Matter
I don’t know about you, but I still get excited when I see things like this. My physics is way […]
December 31, 2006
Natural numbers, networks & communities
As you can see I have explored my HTML guide, consulted our web master and I can now load images: […]
December 30, 2006
Social atomism, Identity & natural numbers
Bob Hruzek hinted that I had started but not yet finished my discourse on natural numbers. I had elaborated it […]
December 28, 2006
Art is either plagiarism or revolution (Gauguin)
Three quotes today courtesy of my bloglines feed from the quotation page. One in the title, two below. Every great […]
December 10, 2006
log(N) = 0.093 + 3.389 log(CR) (1) (r2=0.764, t34=10.35, p<0.001)
Recognise it? Well of course, it’s the best-fit reduced major axis regression equation between neocortex ratio and mean group size […]
December 6, 2006
Richard Sambrook referenced an article by David Owen based on the good Lord’s soon to be published book In Sickness […]
December 4, 2006
Sitting on the bench is no way to avoid anal retentiveness
If you are planning to procure consultancy services from one of the large firms (by large I mean over 150 […]
November 29, 2006
“The Dogmas of the quiet past”
I was preparing some slides for a presentation this morning and was re-reading a book chapter I wrote with Mark […]
November 28, 2006
Whence goeth KM? (2)
My earlier blog on this excited a fair amount of comment and track backs. One of those who picked up […]
November 27, 2006
Torture & Anthropology
There has been an interesting debate in the Savage Minds blog on a recent American Association of Anthropologists resolution on […]
November 26, 2006
If it doesn’t work, do more of it with greater vigour
I see that Dilbert has picked up on Six Sigma. Or, to use my deliberate slip of the toungue (to […]
November 23, 2006
Good night and good luck
One of the first plays I saw at the Chester Gateway in my youth was The Crucible, the famous use […]
November 18, 2006
Rawhide & “Rocket Science is easy”
Nice pod cast from Jonnie Moore & Tom Guarriello, Tom has a great title: Chief Idea Officer . I found […]
November 15, 2006
How I spent Halloween, but missed out on the Pinot Noir
I have been going to KM World as a speaker for several years now, and for the last few years […]
November 11, 2006
Starless and bible-black
To begin at the beginning: It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent […]
November 10, 2006
A slight dissapointment
I finally got my copy of Wake me up when the data is over and read it on the plane […]
November 7, 2006
Intelligence in politics
I believe that there has been a diminishing of the role played by reasoned debate. And when logic and reason […]
November 5, 2006
Mithridatism & excess: an argument for bounded applicability
A report on the BBC this morning suggests that parents should buy an exercise machine for their children. The twist […]
November 3, 2006
The context & uncertainties of Government
One of the things that irritates me is the attempt to apply industrial models of practice and measurement to Government. […]
October 31, 2006
Communities of Practice
I was an observer in a debate recently on the question of whether a community of practice had to be […]
October 28, 2006
Good fences make good neighbours
“He is all pine and I am apple orchard. My apple trees will never get across And eat the cones […]
October 27, 2006
Experts (value add or subtract) and the ingenuity of lawyers
An interesting blog from Alex, links an article by Mauboussin to the Cynefin framework. He also brings out a useful […]
October 25, 2006
Value networks, carbon allowances & measurement
I recently entered a lion’s den on the value-networks list serve by stating that: I think qualitative assessments where the […]
October 10, 2006
They did not respect or sit still for the devotional sacrifice
This is simply the most witty, erudite and brilliant reworking of my children’s party story that I have seen or […]
October 7, 2006
Qwghlm, alchemy & the Master of the Mint
“For to say that, assuming the earth moves and the sun stands still, all the appearances are saved better than […]
October 6, 2006
From catalyst to action through a synthesis in open space
In my last post on our Innovation & Culture programme I talked about the metaphorical and physical journey that delegates […]
October 5, 2006
Second intermission
The ActKM list serve this morning had a request for quotes about KM. I put this together quickly Shawn has […]
October 2, 2006
Culture and Innovation
A google search on the phrase culture and innovation reveals 50 million hits. The first page on my browser after […]
October 1, 2006
Superbugs, strange attractors and resilience
Today’s Observer has a lead article with a very scary message. I quote:. THE TRUE scale of Britain’s hospital superbug […]
September 30, 2006
Thinking about the knowledge economy
I have recorded below a list serve conversation about the knowledge economy for those who are interested. In it I […]
September 30, 2006
High abstraction language sense-making
Verna Allee responded to my request for help with some interesting reflections on high abstraction languages. She specifically raised examples […]
September 26, 2006
Hindsight cannot lead to foresight, but neither is history bunk
If you look at most companies and government agencies (and nearly all management textbooks) they assume that a study of […]
September 23, 2006
Too good to miss…
I have been trying to resist the temptation to publish too many cartoons, however this one was irresistible. I think […]
September 20, 2006
I just so remember when I used this as an excuse …
with thanks to Gaping Void
September 16, 2006
Reality intrudes, but with difficulty …
I’ve been finishing off Rockwell’s Neither Brain nor Ghost which offers an interesting third way to the traditional assumption that […]
September 16, 2006
Hiraeth & digital story telling
I was doing my daily watchlist check on wikipedia before a settling down for an early night. This was intended […]
September 14, 2006
The virtual and the real
An ambiguous posting from David Tebbutt a couple of days ago got me thinking. He talks about the way in […]
September 12, 2006
The ideal & the real
Euan is definitely back from his holiday with a provoking post in which the key paragraph states Much of corporate […]
September 11, 2006
The ability of humans to form sects and cults continues to amaze any rational person. We seem to create a […]
September 8, 2006
Wisdom, tyranny and stupidity
Thanks to Sarah Jones via John Mallony for this article which has some great examples and research references one of […]
September 2, 2006
Oh brave new world that has such people in’t!
Its good to have Euan back from holiday and his blog active. An interesting thread has developed around social computing […]
August 30, 2006
7 things about a complex system to ponder
On the ACT-KM list serve someone made a comment to the effect that we should not give up trying to […]
August 28, 2006
Limitations of symbols
I wanted to share a great quote from Gabriele Lakomski’s scholarly but very readable Managing without Leadership that picks up […]
August 13, 2006
Tales of a Wikipedia virgin
Last night, suffering from writers block I checked out the Wikipedia entry on Knowledge Management (KM). Now I have long […]
August 12, 2006
Simple, simplistic & making sense
Sense-making as a concept is starting to become popular, and as with any new idea that carries both dangers and […]
August 9, 2006
Volunteer not conscript
Many years ago now I formulated three rules or heuristics of Knowledge Management. The first of these references the fact […]
August 8, 2006
Boxes and Boundaries
I’ve expressed my dislike of crude categorisation twice within the first week of blogging: on the 30th July and 2nd […]
August 7, 2006
Would you trust a teenager with your economic future?
Any parent will tell you that 15 is not a good age. You have to go back to photographs to […]
August 6, 2006
Bad Science
Given that I travel a lot it is easy to get out of touch with events back in Britain. The […]
August 6, 2006
Religion and Conflict
Over the last year I have had the occasional exchange on the subject of religion, wars and suffering, the most […]
August 1, 2006
Cults, Village Idiots and the Blogosphere
I was settling into my office/study in the Institute this morning when my next door neighbour Tom popped in to […]
July 30, 2006
In memorandum: Belbin tests
One of my favorite tests of an audience is borrowed from “The Geography of Thought” by Richard Nisbitt. I list […]
July 28, 2006
A plague on social constructivism
I’m currently reading an excellent book “fear of knowledge: against relativism and constructivism” by Paul Boghossian Prof. of Philosophy at […]