April 9, 2021
To curate or be curated?
From time to time someone, knowing my interest in narrative sends me a link to yet another website collecting people’s […]
April 8, 2021
The Woozle effect
I talked yesterday about metaphor-based languages and used Winnie the Pooh as an illustration.  That was part of a loose […]
April 7, 2021
Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra
You may be asking what connects the events on stardate 45047.2, the battlefield at Gettysburg (picture from October 2019 on […]
April 4, 2021
A word or two about words … (2/2)
In yesterday’s post, I was concerned about both the abuse of power, and the effectiveness of confessional use of language. […]
December 30, 2020
Twelvetide 20:06 Narrative appreciated
A lot of the early work on narrative, which I summarised yesterday was largely based on instinct and common sense. […]
December 29, 2020
Twelvetide 20:05 Narrative the early years
As I indicated yesterday my group in IBM UK got into the wider field of narrative through the process of […]
December 28, 2020
Twelvetide 20:04 The variety of narrative experience
In this second section, I am moving on to the wider field of narrative.    I wrote a paper on […]
November 27, 2020
Homo Narrans: archetypes
Two days ago (apologies for skipping a day) I said that I would pick up on the role of archetypes […]
November 25, 2020
Homo Narrans: of infinite-resource- and-sagacity,
As I promised yesterday I want to pick up on the use of narrative in lessons learned, or more properly […]
November 24, 2020
Homo Narrans: preface
The  Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling were a key part of my formative years and I still refer to […]
November 21, 2020
Diversity & coherence
Problems of diversity, inclusion and associated conflict pervade modern society.  To be honest they always did but we are more […]
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 […]
August 29, 2019
Adding aesthetics to culture
Many years ago now I worked with anthropologist Beth Meriam to design an approach to cultural mapping using SenseMaker®.  The […]
March 1, 2019
A Retreat on narrative – where better to meet than in Ireland
The location of the Cynefin Retreat about Narrative in Organisations (Ireland, 18-21 March 2019) is specially chosen for its unique […]
February 9, 2019
Narrative: picking up the scallop shell
Narrative has been an ever-present aspect my work over many decades now. I was lucky in that I initially entered […]
September 25, 2018
Narratives of & by the Leader
I left the question of the role of the leader in story telling open in yesterday’s post. My contention remains […]
September 24, 2018
Context in narrative work
One quote from my contribution to the ‘StoryTheFuture’ event was picked up in social media. I’m not sure it really […]
September 23, 2018
The liminal nature of narrative
I’ve been delayed in getting this second post in the series of the role and nature of narrative published. Many […]
September 9, 2018
The landscape of narrative
Back in 2014 I wrote the entry on organisational story telling for the Sage Handbook on Action Research. I wasn’t […]
March 11, 2016
Nudging people towards latrines
Nice article today on the WorldBank and its behavioural change aims – my favourite piece was this: Toilets, for example. […]
February 7, 2016
Fragments of Impact – early feedback and thanks
There’s more to come on the results of the recent Fragments of Impact event in Istanbul – the current plan […]
February 1, 2016
SenseMaker® and 7 ± 2
It’s reasonably well known that retaining more than 5 different things in your memory is difficult. This is known as […]
January 28, 2016
Fragments of Impact – an update
Back in June 2015, we began the Fragments of Impact programme, partnering with UNDP, to explore how to use SenseMaker® […]
January 25, 2016
From NYC to Whitehorse, Yukon
One of the aspects of sense-making we emphasize in all our training programmes is the value of contrast. Since complex […]
January 2, 2016
nine ladies dancing
From this point in the series continuity gets rather difficult. The various known versions of the carol have different variations […]
May 26, 2015
cultureSCAN lauches! (at last)
OK its weeks later than I planned but we have finally launched cultureSCAN. I thought we were ready when I […]
September 4, 2014
Engagement in emergence
In my final post (for the moment on conflict) I want to talk about how we engage people in creating […]
September 3, 2014
Informing the peace makers
One of the principles of managing a complex adaptive system is the need for fast feedback loops.  In my second […]
September 2, 2014
A shared narrative of the past
I've been thinking through narrative approaches to conflict management and peace and reconciliation over the past few weeks.  its been […]
March 5, 2013
Human Sensor Networks… the ultimate executive coach
I was talking with Laurie Webster about a new online course she is in the final stages of preparing for […]
January 24, 2013
The narrative papers
I provided a summary of some of the key book chapters I have authored, or pro-authored earlier this month along […]
January 6, 2013
Aspects of narrative work: II
I made some progress on patterning the various approaches to narrative today, but less on the two encyclopaedia entries I […]
January 5, 2013
Aspects of narrative work: I
As I indicated yesterday I have to write one, possibly two entries for Sage's forthcoming Encyclopedia of Action Research and I […]