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 14, 2021
“…inspired by the Cynefin framework”
My weekend was disrupted, but in a good way and no it wasn’t that  Wales defeated Scotland in what we […]
February 14, 2021
Announcing the publication of Managing complexity (and chaos) in times of crisis. A partnership between the Cynefin Centre and the EU
In 2020, when we started realising the the full scope of the crisis around the COVID19 pandemic and the accompanying […]
January 27, 2021
The wonderful world of the wiki
For those who don’t know Wikipedia is twenty years old tomorrow.  It started in 2001 and I became an active […]
December 10, 2020
We want to understand the challenges you are facing as we head into 2021
2020 has been a year like no other, and it seems the disruption will continue into 2021. We are deploying […]
December 7, 2020
The first Cynefin artist in residence
This fall I had the pleasure of being a member of the faculty for a Cynefin retreat on aesthetics and […]
November 19, 2020
My bit in the Flow Book
I’m interrupting the flow of my posts about an anthro-complexity approach to strategy to reference a new book published today […]
November 6, 2020
Cynefin21 and the book
The first of what will be several piles of Cynefin books arrived today, my priority is to autograph copies for […]
October 27, 2020
Cynefin® – weaving sense-making into the fabric of our world
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 […]
August 23, 2019
Organic Agility: powered by SenseMaker®
There being no rest for the wicked I hoped on the sea bus from our Airb&b in North Vancouver to […]
August 19, 2019
Complexity Human Systems
Complexity in Human Systems
Many of the readers of this blog will know that one of the drivers behind the creation of the Cynefin […]
August 16, 2019
Mapping, sensing and hacking
On an impulse the other day I set up a book club for Cynefin Centre staff.  The idea was to […]
March 19, 2019
Bringing the human element and complexity thinking to rebuilding resilience in Puerto Rico
Cognitive Edge, through the Cynefin Centre, is part of an exciting project team funded by a United States National Science […]
November 24, 2018
Onwards and upwards
It’s been a long year and probably the sparsest period of writing for me in the last twenty years. It’s […]
September 27, 2018
Design, value & constraint
The pictures here are from the first ever Cynefin Retreat in Snowdonia last year; our fourth retreat, the third of […]
July 16, 2018
Reflections on the Whistler process
Our first retreat of 2018 explored the general area of design and innovation. It took place in Whistler with an […]
June 8, 2018
Complexity, design and aesthetics
One of my better ideas last year was to put together the first Cynefin Centre Retreat in Snowdonia. By bringing […]
May 25, 2018
Scaling the Edge: Cynefin™ as a journey
For most of my life I’ve been working with various forms of symbiosis and synthesis. Bringing the natural sciences as […]
July 10, 2017
The first Cynefin retreat
  I debated using images of a mediaeval religious retreat to open this post, but then moved on to the […]
February 10, 2017
The making of meaning event (2)
Sometimes a little ambition is no bad thing, even if we start small. My post on Wednesday indicated that we […]
February 8, 2017
The making of meaning event (1)
Yesterday’s post on bullying at work struck a cord with a lot of readers. Lots of interest in doing something […]
January 6, 2017
Today is the festival of Epiphany, the end of the Christmas festivities and I spent it in Bangor working on […]
July 18, 2016
Well there may not be an actual fire
I’m running a Cynefin and Sense-making course in London for the rest of this week and in parallel we are […]
April 13, 2016
New partnership
Berlin has always been one of my favourite cities since I used to cross under the wall back in the […]
March 8, 2016
Lessons learning for Librarians
I gave the opening keynote at the Computers in Libraries congress in Washington today. For those interested the slides are […]
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 […]
January 20, 2016
a posteriori
I promised yesterday that I would provide a list of some of the SenseMaker® based health sector projects we have […]
August 1, 2015
A brief tribute to John & Judith
A difficult day as its main focus was the funeral for John and Judith Woodget of Dene Farm here in […]
July 7, 2015
Your thoughts needed now – Grexit? What next?
We’re running CrowdSensor right now in Singapore – Join in here.  We’re looking for everyone’s thoughts on what might happen […]
June 24, 2015
Emergent foresight, deep insight
It’s been too long as they say, but a series of client and development projects including setting up the new […]
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 […]
May 14, 2015
Fragments of Impact – Launching a six-month UNDP/Cognitive Edge initiative into working with complex problems
Cognitive Edge and UNDP are together launching a unique initiative  to engage with new ways of working on difficult problems […]
April 20, 2015
Powered by SenseMaker®
This is probably your first introduction to one of the new SenseMaker® logos. Powered by SenseMaker® will be used for […]
April 15, 2015
A day in Washington
Down to Washington DC today for a series of meetings relating to the new Centre for Applied Complexity.  CfAC will become […]
January 22, 2015
Proud father day
Late this morning I sat in The Dome Brighton to hear the words Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation, degree of […]
January 20, 2015
New thinking, new practices
As people on the mailing list will know we’ve made some changes to the training programme.  The four day programme […]
October 5, 2014
Small countries, big ideas
For the last year with Bangor University and the Welsh Audit Office I've been working on our Small Countries Big Ideas […]
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 27, 2014
So what are we about?
The first of three posts with some draft content for the new web site Cognitive Edge acts as a research […]
March 26, 2014
Designing our new web site
Two of the things that irritate me at conferences are Chairpeople who run over on time and then expect the […]
January 21, 2014
2014 Education + Sydney ALERT
A core part of Cognitive Edge's mission/business is education and our courses have developed over the years in a messily […]
January 18, 2014
Australasia on the horizon
I slept in this morning, catching ip after a difficult couple of weeks.  It was good last night to get […]
January 8, 2014
Dire prognostications - 3
Things got better today, eventually, but there were some more twists to come.   I slept fitfully thanks thanks to […]
January 7, 2014
Dire prognostications - 2
So midnight passed and some planes were taking off.  Our captain was chatty and kept us informed, but as the […]
January 6, 2014
Dire prognostications – 1
Today started well, but then disintegrated.  The man from Sky arrived early to install the HD box I had ordered […]
August 29, 2013
Reporting back for service
I'm in danger of having a whole month without blog posts, so just as August draws to a close I […]
June 8, 2013
More crowd sourcing!
A second post in my attempt to crowd source our new training programme.  Tomorrow the draft brochure, today a question […]
March 17, 2013
BCS Conference
I started yesterday with a keynote address to the BCS Agile group.  I'd accepted the booking some time ago on […]
March 6, 2013
New SenseMaker® web site
I spent a fair amount of today working on the text for our “new” SenseMaker® web site.  For too many […]
February 28, 2013
Cognitive Edge accreditation
We have maintained a somewhat ambiguous position on accreditation over the years.   During the IBM period we experimented with examinations […]
February 22, 2013
Apologies for the interruption …
It's been a long week without my Macbook, but I finally have it back and everything set up and working […]
February 15, 2013
Pending withdrawal symptoms
I have finally bitten the bullet on getting my MacBook Pro fixed, and hopefully the picture is not indicative of […]
January 23, 2013
Cynefin strategy & building resilience
For the last year I have been experimenting with what we (foolishly) called an advanced course.  I’ve taught it now […]
January 16, 2013
Exits stage left, shivering
I survived day one of the advanced course in Halifax thanks to dosing myself up with various chemicals and consuming […]
January 12, 2013
Cynefin papers: a summary
I recently provided a brief summary of the various book chapters that contain my writing.  The idea was to provide […]
January 10, 2013
Easy reading is damn hard writing
One of the questions I frequently get asked after a conference or meeting is What should I read next?  My […]
January 1, 2013
Thinking about 2013
2012 was one of those years that I will remember for some time.  Not least for avoiding the Mayan apocalypse […]
November 26, 2012
Sunrise landing in Singapore
I landed in Singapore this morning a couple of weeks after I left it.  Sunrise over the wing was spectacular […]
November 24, 2012
Some people do say the nicest things
The following is a Strategic Planning Assumption from a recently published Gartner report: By 2016, the Cynefin framework will be […]
October 19, 2012
Making KM Strategic
I gave my annual keynote at KM World today, preparation was short as I managed to facilitate a meeting between […]
August 26, 2012
Dawn at Tāwharanui
Following our saunter in Singapore the previous weekend Michael and I had planned to use the weekend in New Zealand […]
August 14, 2012
Learning: the why and the how
I've been enjoying myself at various client meetings here in Singapore demonstrating the new SenseMaker® app on the iPhone and […]
July 21, 2012
A proud parent
Depending on how you count it, its been a three or five year journey (gap year and a reset of […]
July 12, 2012
The next mashup
Its only a few weeks until the next CALM event, this time in Denver.  Given several requests to extend the […]
July 10, 2012
I was going to post today about upcoming Advanced Cognitive Edge courses and the forthcoming CalmBeta event, but some supporting […]
July 7, 2012
So quick bright things come to confusion
June may contain the summer solstice, but for me there have not been enough hours in the day and the […]
June 7, 2012
I’m teaching ….
I had meetings in Belfast today so I had to miss the festival.  So I am taking the opportunity to […]
May 3, 2012
Two opportunities
We have two courses coming up this month which are new both in terms of form, but also content.  Both […]
March 17, 2012
New Advanced Course
I'm pleased to announce that we are running the first advanced course for Cognitive Edge methods in Washington May 7-8, […]
January 18, 2012
Architecture not application: an opportunity
Around two decades ago I was arguing that object orientation was not just a way of creating reusable code, but […]
January 10, 2012
CALMalpha (2)
A few days ago I posted on the meeting that five of us organised to talk about the links between […]
January 4, 2012
CALMalpha (1)
This is a picture of the motley crew mentioned in yesterday’s post after a solid days work and a rather […]
December 30, 2011
Upcoming online session
Mark your calendars for January 12th 1600 Eastern Standard Time, 2100 GMT. Mary Boone and I did a session for […]
November 25, 2011
Dahn the Plug’ole.
  I need to apologise to those waiting for the final episode of this series on co-evolutionary approaches to requirements capture. […]
October 20, 2011
Australia next stop(s)
A ten city tour for the ACS Education Across the Nation programme on Strategic Knowledge The tour starts this weekend […]
October 19, 2011
I’m back (and links to the IRAHS slides)
Time to get back on the blog again. I’m in Singapore for the second week of a trip that started […]
April 23, 2011
Bhutan refugee camps
Pleased to see daughter planning to do something other than go to festivals and socialize over the summer holiday period. […]
March 17, 2011
Fear is the mind-killer
The programme is out for KM UK June 21-22. I’m giving the opening keynote, the chair is Victoria Ward and […]
March 16, 2011
Lean & Complexity event
I’m looking forward to my keynote at the Lean Software & Systems conference in Long Beach California from May 3rd […]
February 15, 2011
Causality: prelude
For the rest of this week I am ensconced at a resort hotel on the Gold Coast talking about causality […]
February 9, 2011
Nice, Bristol & the Trough of Bowland
It’s been a bit of an academic week this week with a lunch time research seminar at Nice yesterday and […]
February 6, 2011
Cynefin for strategy: new seminars
I’ve been working over the last three months on a new approach to strategy using the Cynefin framework. While we […]
February 4, 2011
New book chapters
There used to be a joke about waiting hours for the No 9 bus to come along, and then three […]
January 26, 2011
KM Legal Europe
I gave the opening keynote at Ark’s KM conference for the legal profession in Amsterdam earlier today and thanks to […]
January 25, 2011
SenseMaker® in marketing
It’s taken a bit of time but we are starting to make breakthroughs in marketing with one expert suggesting that […]
December 31, 2010
Navigating Complexity
Best wishes for 2011 For those interested I did a Podcast a week or so ago for the Yi-Tan Technology […]
October 23, 2010
Bring your own Barrel Party
For those interested, in combination with Narrate and others in the UK Network I am presenting two half day sessions […]
October 14, 2010
Our work on using SenseMaker® in the Development community is starting to pick up the pace. One comment in an […]
July 27, 2010
KM Conferences - fall season
We are coming up to the Fall KM Conference Season again and I am once again Keynoting at both KM […]
July 18, 2010
Using Cynefin
I was on YouTube earlier today checking out on our new video on the Cynefin framework which is doing well […]
July 14, 2010
A client report
One of the things about narrative work using SenseMaker® is that you are often dealing with material, especially the results […]
June 23, 2010
Confluence and integrity
For those who haven't seen it Cynthia Kurtz has posted a fascinating and substantive piece on her involvement in the […]
May 25, 2010
An interim post ….
2,000 Blues supporters made the trip, 48,000 from Toulon but we were singing hymns and arias and we won! Normal […]
May 17, 2010
AAAP Event
For those at the Association of Administrators in Academic Pediatrics in Santa Fe. The presentation is here, and that location […]
May 10, 2010
Can you reduce complexity? AN INVITATION
I had an interesting debate a month or so ago with Eugen Oetringer about reducing complexity. As always with persons […]
April 21, 2010
A routine alert …
Thanks to the volcano this week has been a bit stressful. I missed my annual trip to teach in Nice […]
April 4, 2010
There aren’t a lot of KM conferences left but the long established events have kept going and continue to attract […]
February 7, 2010
Short notice seminar option
I have just been told that the seminar I am giving at the University of Surrey this Tuesday lunch time […]
December 2, 2009
Most Significant Chance: interesting possibilities
I’ve had a couple of meetings with Rick Davies of Most Significant Change fame of late. The first in a […]
November 25, 2009
Gifting, ethics and trust: KM Asia keynote
I just uploaded the slides for my keynote at KM Asia. No podcast I am afraid, I managed to leave […]
November 19, 2009
KM Word: Capstone event
An odd feeling at KM World today as its the last time in San Jose, next year its going to […]
November 15, 2009
A week of travel and my first American Football game
An interesting and very busyweeks. I took the bus from New York to boston by way of experiment. A break […]
November 2, 2009
Boston Seminar/Masterclass
A busy week of meetings in London this week, then I start a three week around the world trip that […]
October 6, 2009
A letter from Bad Homburg
I’ve a whole set of blogs in half written state, all of which I had hoped to publish over the […]
September 3, 2009
Updating knowledge mapping
It has been several years since I created an approach to Knowledge Mapping in a series of articles for the […]
August 26, 2009
Km presentation in South Africa
My presentation to the knowledge management community in South Africa is now loaded as a podcast, along with the slides. […]
August 7, 2009
KM World - discount offer to readers
Exciting things this year at KM World. I am leading a learning event that will involve narrative capture in the […]
August 4, 2009
Workshop report
An all day workshop today as a build in to the ARK KM conference here. A good turn out, many […]
July 29, 2009
Great day, sour ending
Today in Canberra was a series of meetings, starting with the Footprints in Time team who will be using SenseMaker™ […]
July 23, 2009
New approaches to government
I will be flying on to Australia Sunday for a couple of weeks before moving on to the US. The […]
July 22, 2009
Praise where praise is due
I got a great little app for the iTouch yesterday and used it to record my lecture at the Civil […]
July 14, 2009
Any requests?
On the 3rd August I am going to start the day with a flight from Broken Hill and will then […]
July 12, 2009
Of Tidal Pots & a sea passage
Saturday saw me fly to Seattle via New York by way of New York; better a longer routing with American […]
July 10, 2009
Torchwood: Children of Earth
If you live in the UK then grab the episodes onto your iPlayer now. If you live outside the UK […]
July 8, 2009
From compliance to service
To Cardiff to day to spend a day talking about complexity in local government, with an emphasis on partnership. The […]
July 7, 2009
A red dog running free
The Beaufort Ballroom Theatre in Ebbw Vale, Gwent, Wales I took a trip up to Abergavenny today, the weather was […]
June 25, 2009
Seminar on complexity
We’ve just had a couple of cancellations on the seminar next week (30th June) so some places are open again. […]
June 24, 2009
Aberdeen Business School
I spoke at the the I3conference in Aberdeen this Tuesday. The slides are here with a linked podcast. All in […]
June 5, 2009
Well done Vodaphone (and thanks)
Yesterday I drove my daughter to Heathrow at the start of her extended trip to Australia with a side trip […]
May 28, 2009
Open day on 2nd June: London
Just a reminder that I am running two half day sessions on the 2nd of June to update people on […]
May 27, 2009
KM Interview
Apologies for the absence of blogs over the last few days. I have been completing a report on a major […]
May 18, 2009
Open day on Narrative
An opportunity for all on the 2nd June. I am going to run two half day sessions at the RIBA […]
May 3, 2009
Workforce change, and a network exemplar
Creating an open-source movement around consultancy methods was never going to be easy, but we are making progress. Getting a […]
April 28, 2009
Small unit excellence
This morning I gave a presentation on judgement and decision making for small unit excellence in Alexandria. I followed a […]
April 23, 2009
Symbiosis & a new mascot for Social Computing
Revealing in the detail of a 17″ screen (and a mouse pad which halves the time it takes to navigate […]
April 22, 2009
Apples are rosy
I arrived home this evening to discover the arrival of the new MacBook Pro (17″). Aside from the sheer beauty […]
April 7, 2009
KM Australia and an anti-certification rant
I just got details through of KM Australia this August (4th to 7th in Sydney). I’m a keynote along with […]
March 25, 2009
Those nice people at ARK want to make you an offer
I will be keynote speaker at the 6th annual Knowledge and Content Management Conference which runs from the 8th to […]
March 22, 2009
The aesthetics of Ovis aries
Aside from dealing with Randist Libertarians and various disputes over the naming of anything to do with the British Isles, […]
March 13, 2009
“the Scylla of restrictive taxonomies and the Charybdis of the semantic web”
For those interesting I am giving a lecture, then being beaten up a panel at UCL on the above subject. […]
March 13, 2009
Brisbane Accreditation
… and while on the subject of training, lectures etc., the first of the new Accreditation Courses (more how to […]
March 6, 2009
David Coonan RIP
David died early this morning (6th March) in Australia after a long illness. Five years ago when I left IBM […]
February 27, 2009
Five spices
I will again be in Hong Kong (or possibly in transit to Singapore) for my birthday again this year. In […]
February 21, 2009
Horizon scanning
For those interested I will be running a Webinar with Mike Jackson on Horizon Scanning on Thursday 19th March at […]
February 18, 2009
Cynefin implications for IT Archetects
Its always interesting to see how people apply the Cynefin framework to different subject areas. Here is one from Andrew […]
February 16, 2009
Narrative research
There are still a few places on the narrative research seminar coming up in Amsterdam next week. We keep these […]
January 27, 2009
An all too brief visit to Halifax
A flying visit to the cold of Halifax, Novia Scotia was a good way to end this North American trip. […]
January 26, 2009
Horizon scanning webinar
For those interested myself and Michael Jackson will be doing a webinar on Horizon Scanning in March. Details below and […]
January 24, 2009
Engaging employees in a down turn
An interesting event coming up on the 17th Feb at the BT Tower in London. It’s been sponsored by Sharon […]
January 23, 2009
Seminars: offer to network members
I previously blogged on the new training structures we were putting in place. That includes three advanced one day seminars […]
January 21, 2009
The Strategic Mind & “awkward passion”
I am pleased to say Bob Gorzynski’s new book is out and available either from the publisher or Amazon. I […]
January 19, 2009
For this relief much thanks
A sense of relief at not being culled by Euan when he cut back his blogroll today. Not as good […]
January 18, 2009
A gentle sunday
I had a gentle Sunday in Essex, Connecticut. I am staying with my co-author on the HBR article Mary Boone […]
January 12, 2009
Change for Cognitive Edge
One of the best books I have ever read on marketing is Moore’s Crossing the Chasm. It looks at different […]
January 7, 2009
Interesting application of the Cynefin framework.
An interesting application of the Cynefin framework to project management here. It’s satisfying to see the basic ideas been taken […]
December 31, 2008
End of year report
At our Christmas party in Singapore a few weeks ago, Angelina put together a slide set about the various events […]
December 17, 2008
Guest blog goes open
We are repeating a prior experiment and opening up the guest blog for anyone who wants to contribute. Details of […]
December 17, 2008
Washington DC: January
I’m planning to be in DC 15-16th January to follow up on various contacts and some possible DARPA work. At […]
December 16, 2008
Another one bites the dust
I finally lost patience with another listserv. In this case value networks. Pity really, some good discussions from time to […]
December 14, 2008
Not good news
I think I may need to rethink my online ordering of books etc. given this report
December 13, 2008
a Story Guru speaks
Our former guest blogger Ron Donaldson is being interviewed over on Kathy Hansen’s blog. The latest instalment is here. The […]
December 1, 2008
Boston Gathering
At very short notice (flights have been difficult) I have pleased to say that we will have a gathering over […]
December 1, 2008
BOSTON GATHERING - final details
TOMORROW (TUESDAY 2nd December) Drinks from 1830 and a meal for those who want to follow at around 1915-1930. Its […]
November 26, 2008
KM Asia: keynote on social computing
The podcast and slides are now posted. I will augment this blog later with some reflections on this and the […]
November 16, 2008
Complexity reserach job in Christchurch
Gerald Midgley, formerly of Hull and now of Christchurch is looking for a new member of staff with a background […]
November 15, 2008
See you in Boston?
I sorted out a whole bunch of flights this week including a return to Boston for the next North American […]
November 6, 2008
Red eye, Randanistas & recovery (partial)
A few nights with more than three hours sleep and adopting a near starvation diet for four days has me […]
November 3, 2008
Normal Service will be resumed as soon as possible
Apologies, I have been travelling too much, ill for much of it and both blogs and writing have suffered. Its […]
October 20, 2008
A mess up in the diary means that I have ended up with a free day in Melbourne (Tuesday 21st). […]
October 14, 2008
Interesting times
The last couple of weeks have been fascinating. Last week in Bavaria with the editorial board of E:CO, this week […]
September 30, 2008
Leadership seminar
I’ll be running another leadership master class for the Ark group on 4th December. It will basically pick up on […]
September 29, 2008
Train not plane
Credit where credit is due, but this proposal (if it is real) to focus on a TGV network rather than […]
September 25, 2008
KM World Keynote
I really enjoyed giving the keynote at KM World today. Some old ideas and some new applied to project management […]
September 13, 2008
Looking forward to next week
It took some time today to sort out a hotel for Houston next week, and even now rumor has it […]
September 12, 2008
Welcome to Michael
I am very pleased to announce that we have just appointed Michael Cheveldave as Director, Business Development for Cognitive Edge. […]
August 25, 2008
25th Aug: Ash
66 Km driven Driver stress low 169 photographs taken Food good Picture: Stepping stones in the streets of Pompeii. I […]
August 23, 2008
70 years on, Orwell lives as a blogger
I have always loved George Orwell and his various writings have been a part of my life since the age […]
July 31, 2008
KM World 23-25 Sept 2008 San Jose CA
If you have a look at the programme you will see that I am involved in a range of activities. […]
July 28, 2008
Dopplr is of the most useful of my social computing tools. Allows you to share your trips and discover just […]
July 26, 2008
Ron the blog
A great new blog from Ron who has finally flow the Government nest to set up as an independent consultant. […]
July 17, 2008
Vancouver get together
Due to the postponement of a client project I will now be in Vancouver early next week rather than California. […]
July 14, 2008
New course structure, and first in Amsterdam
Steve and I just finished work on a new training course structure. We have taken the current three day course […]
July 13, 2008
Four interesting and one scary link
Some interesting blogs that are worth reading. I stored them in the hope of using them to stimulate a reflective […]
July 8, 2008
Public lecture Auckland University
I will be giving a public lecture next week at the University of Auckland Business School at 1800 Tuesday 15th […]
July 4, 2008
Washington get together
Details are now confirmed for an open breakfast and update for anyone in Washington DC on the 25th July at […]
July 3, 2008
Dead KM Walking
Patrick Lambe interviewed Larry Prusak and I the other day on the subject of the current state of KM and […]
July 2, 2008
A year of Neurophilosophy
One of the best of the science blogs in my RSS feed is Neurophilosophy who has just published a summary […]
June 11, 2008
We got an award!
A pleasant surprise in the email tonight while awaiting a Ryan Air flight to Shannon. It is with pleasure that […]
June 4, 2008
Sydney & Auckland Programmes: July 2008
I’m pleased to announce forthcoming accreditation programmes either side of the Tasman. Sydney from the 7th to the 9th of […]
May 28, 2008
Our next accreditation course is in San Francisco in a couple of weeks time. I get home from Singapore tomorrow […]
May 25, 2008
Golden Gate
Our next accreditation course will be in San Francisco from 18-20 June hosted by the University right in the middle […]
May 15, 2008
Open evening in Auckland - MONDAY!
This coming Monday at 1730 (5.30pm for the luddites) the New Zealand Knowledge Management Society have arranged an open evening […]
May 10, 2008
Coming trip
Someone asked me the other day to give some notice of where I will be in the world to allow […]
May 5, 2008
A reminder to all (especially all those in North America) of our coming Accreditation Course, 13th-15th May in Montreal Canada. […]
May 2, 2008
Discounted conference places
Ark group have offered readers of this blog a 15% discount on the forthcoming Knowledge and Content UK conference in […]
April 27, 2008
May day opportunity in Perth
For those interested I will be running a three hour open seminar in Perth this coming Thursday 1st May at […]
April 26, 2008
Leadership training
I previously blogged my thoughts having heard Chandren Nair speak in Hong Kong. I concluded by saying Imitating and copying […]
April 18, 2008
Social systems: new podcast
I presented at an academic conference in Ascona Switzerland yesterday. The presentation covered some statements about what is or is […]
April 16, 2008
Green Chameleons bite
Two great posts from Patrick Lambe, one of the folly of Wisdom Management and the other a wonderful example of […]
April 14, 2008
Last minute bookings
There are a few (a very few) places left on the London Accreditation Course 23rd to the 25th April. We […]
April 13, 2008
We are about to start a project with the AGILE community to use SenseMaker™ to understand the current experience of […]
April 12, 2008
OK, I give in, I will try it ….
April 8, 2008
Patent agents
You will see from the news section that we are looking for a patent agent. We have some very interesting […]
March 29, 2008
Second Row success
I am pleased to announce that St John’s Marlborough won the County Cup (Wiltshire) yesterday (5th form level, don’t expect […]
March 23, 2008
I am looking forward to flying out to Hong Kong tomorrow evening for a week and have some time free […]
March 6, 2008
Narrative and Social Computing
For those interested I will be presenting on the above subject in the National Library Theatrette in Canberra for ActKM. […]
February 28, 2008
and so to South Africa
I am looking forward to returning to South Africa next week to run an accreditation course. I am also delivering […]
February 27, 2008
Ed Baliszewski
I very much doubt if many readers of the blog have met Ed, or even know his name. He was […]
February 25, 2008
Jon on Tom & Andrew
A nice post here by Jon Husband, that picks up on the nearest Tom Davenport will ever come to a […]
February 22, 2008
The existential me
I will be in Australia (Sydney and Canberra) shortly for some projects and an accreditation programme. This will include an […]
February 15, 2008
Public sector: risk adverse? overly influenced by the press?
An interesting morning in Belfast presenting on leadership and strategy from a complex systems perspective. For those interested the slides […]
February 12, 2008
It just works
I deleted a mail folder by accident on the plane home overnight Friday, Sunday (Saturday was the match ….) I […]
February 12, 2008
UK Opportunities to learn about CE
Steve will be in the UK next week (his first trip after entering the company of those of us with […]
February 10, 2008
Wonderful, wonderful ….
… Copenhagen. I will be in the capital of Denmark this week staying at one of my favorite design hotels. […]
February 8, 2008
The slides from my presentation can be found here. There were a great many quality questions and I plan to […]
February 5, 2008
Complexity and Leadership
I gave a lecture today at Zurich University on Complexity and Leadership. I will blog on the subject later in […]
February 4, 2008
Wales v Scotland - tickets
If anyone is in need of tickets, I have access to some – happy to offer on at cost
February 2, 2008
Ralph Stacy & Cardiff
I am pleased to say that thanks to our links with DNA Wales, the Cardiff Accreditation Programme includes an evening […]
February 2, 2008
The way to learning begins with delight
Thanks to Wayne for this link to an interview with Philip Pullman of Golden Compass fame who rightly accuses C.S.Lewis […]
February 2, 2008
England 19 Wales 26
One of the greatest turnarounds in Rugby history, England were 16-6 up at half time and should have been more. […]
February 1, 2008
The Larry & Dave show
It is far too long since I spent any time with Larry Prusak. The Institute for Knowledge Management which was […]
January 30, 2008
Network wisdom
I encountered a problem with Leopard on the new Macbook, to wit the Special Characters palette did not appear in […]
January 29, 2008
Belfast: Leadership & Strategy Master Class
I’m looking forward to running a master class in Belfast on the 15th February. The subject is Leadership and Strategy […]
January 25, 2008
Musings between flights
I missed a blog day for which apologies, mainly due to an intensive period of training on the first Washington […]
January 19, 2008
Praise for BT (yes it is me)
I have not pulled my punches in respect of BT service in the past, so it is only fair to […]
January 16, 2008
Guest blogger
More years ago than I care to remember I moved from being a decision support consultant, to managing a business […]
January 10, 2008
Goodworks: Making Sense of Life in a Public Hospital
I just got a copy of this case study in from a recent project run by Cognitive Edge practitioners in […]
January 9, 2008
Meeting in the departure lounge ….
Anyone else out there using Dopplr? It allows you to share trips in the hope of a serendipitous meeting. While […]
January 6, 2008
UPDATED Accreditation Courses
Last chance to book on our first US Training programme in Washington 22-24 February January. I teach the programme with […]
January 5, 2008
Contact problems
My Powerbook looks to be succumbing to the effects of too much travel and a few traumatic drops, that is […]
December 29, 2007
Eat your heart out Semple
Well he did ask : only 47,416 miles, small beer 285,054 miles, 48 airports, 117 flights in 2007 Thanks to […]
December 22, 2007
Open Season: an invitation
The next guest blogger, my Lacanian friend Julia Evans is lined up from the 6th January. During the Christmas period […]
December 14, 2007
Depressing news yesterday in the paper – that modern day Swift, Terry Pratchett has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. […]
December 10, 2007
Introducing Narrative Labs
I recently recorded a podcast about the Cynefin framework for Narrative Labs in South Africa. It outlines the model, but […]
November 11, 2007
Denning on Leadership
My old friend, sometime disputant and raconteur Steve Denning has managed to produce another book (I am green given the […]
November 9, 2007
KM Keynotes
Last week I gave the keynote at KM Asia in Singapore, and then yesterday at KM World in San Jose […]
November 5, 2007
KM entry in the Wikipedia
For those interested a discussion/potential flame war has just a started up. My entry in the talk page is set […]
November 5, 2007
Vote for Grandad
Otherwise known as Head Rambles, in the Best Blogger category here
October 29, 2007
Change over time
It’s change over the time on the guest blog. My thanks to Shawn who took time out from a busy […]
October 28, 2007
A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making
“There’s a growing body of academic research about decision making under uncertainty. (If you Google the term, you will get […]
October 25, 2007
Strategy and SenseMaking
I gave two keynotes today in Helsinki (by far and away one of my favorite European Cities). The first was […]
October 23, 2007
December master class on Leadership
As we get close to the publication date of the HBR article on Leadership and Complexity expect some more blogs […]
October 20, 2007
Faster than light
Great podcast here on how changing the context makes the impossible possible. I almost understood the big bang at the […]
October 16, 2007
Presentations now available
For those who have been trying to download the KM Forum slides & Podcast and the Accreditation slides (the latter […]
October 14, 2007
Two cheers for the BBC
At long last, and after many requests (myself and others) the BBC have finally podcast the Archers. The oldest running […]
October 1, 2007
Boston KM forum: live blog
OK, I have never done this before but I thought I might try out blogging during a conference. I am […]
September 25, 2007
Looking forward to a public event in Boston on Monday
I am looking forward to next Monday in Boston where I am speaking at a one day seminar which is […]
September 18, 2007
A legend dies
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and […]
September 17, 2007
Guest Blog
My thanks to Gary for a great fortnight of blog entries (hopefully he will now start up his own), and […]
September 15, 2007
facebook: the Starbucks of social networking?
I joined up to facebook some time ago and accepted a trickle of invitations to confirm various people as friends. […]
September 13, 2007
Extension to CE Family
For those who have been pestering me for news of Steve, Stacy and the anticipated twins for the last 24 […]
September 13, 2007
A chance to engage
Just a reminder that we have accreditation courses coming up in Washington DC 3-5 October and London 8-10 October (Vancouver […]
September 4, 2007
Volunteering - a request
Most societies would not exist without the willingness of people to volunteer. This can range from baking a cake for […]
September 3, 2007
To Michael, thanks
We asked Michael to take on the unenviable job of pioneering (you know the ones with arrows in their backs) […]
September 3, 2007
Gary Klein
It’s my privilege to welcome Gary to our guest blog for the next two weeks. You can find out more […]
September 2, 2007
Back to school
For those interested Cognitive Edge will soon have an office other than my or Steve’s home. It’s is based in […]
August 27, 2007
New resource for accredited practitioners
I have placed the slides and ten podcasts (this is the first) from the Pretoria accreditation programme this June. It […]
August 26, 2007
Podcasts from KM Australia
OK they are finally up: Firstly, the keynote podcast is here, and the supporting slides here. This was a general […]
August 23, 2007
Cognitive Edge is recruiting
The news section on our web site has details of four positions we are advertising, all to be located in […]
August 22, 2007
New accreditation courses
Our first US accreditation course of the modern era has now been booked for Washington this October, and we have […]
August 21, 2007
Welcome to the new web site
Those of you with RSS feeds may not have seen it yet, in which case click through to the Cognitive […]
August 21, 2007
A brief apology to those coming here from KM Australia looking for the podcasts of my keynote, and also the […]
August 19, 2007
Aug 18th: A long hard slog (A noble steed - the Jeep Commander)
420 miles driven (I did not enjoy that), 2 photographs taken, 5 Americano Grandes drunk (not good but necessary), 1 […]
August 18, 2007
Aug 17th: San Francisco (The Golden Gate Bridge)
8 miles driven (well why would you drive in San Francisco, 83 photographs taken, 3 Americano Grandes drunk, 0 Starbucks […]
August 9, 2007
Aug 8th: to Las Vegas
230 miles driven, 0 photographs taken, 3 Americano Grande’s drunk, 1 Starbucks City Mugs acquired (Las Vegas) Accomodation: Boulder Station […]
August 4, 2007
Culling tourists
For those of you who don’t know Head Rambles, described as Rambles around the head of an Irish Senior Citizen, […]
July 30, 2007
Want a 40% discount?
I have for some time been on the editorial board of Emerald’s Journal of Knowledge Management. I published my main […]
July 29, 2007
antonym: even-tempered, good-natured.
Well yesterday I was irascible to the point of incandescence facing the prospect of being marooned (I choose my words […]
July 28, 2007
As an adjective, irascible is defined as irritable, quick-tempered, short-tempered, hot-tempered, testy, touchy, tetchy, edgy, crabby, petulant, waspish, dyspeptic, snappish; […]
July 24, 2007
I am sitting here in Starbucks on Cockle Bay in Sydney, anticipating an enjoyable dual (not duel) master class with […]
July 18, 2007
Making sense at a conference
Information Today have just published an article on the use of archetypes as a sense-making function within a conference. The […]
July 8, 2007
Getting things done …
Normally I get irritated when software gets updated every week or so, but I want to make an exception of […]
July 6, 2007
This morning saw me wake up with a hangover and in trouble at home. Given that the village bookclub refuses […]
May 13, 2007
Guadeloupe River
May 11, 2007
Cynefin: meaning through literature
I have just finished reading this wonderful first novel by Peter Ho Davies which is centred around the meaning of […]
May 8, 2007
The next set of accreditation courses are booking. Week of the 18th June sees me in Melbourne and Perth. The […]
May 4, 2007
Wikipedia: Cynefin
HawkerTypoon just put some effort into improving the Cynefin page on the Wikipedia. I added some references. However the article […]
April 28, 2007
Washington get together: an invitation
I am out to the US in a weeks time to keynote at the APQC conference on knowledge and innovation […]
April 14, 2007
Presentations on complexity
As promised, my presentation on Thursday on contextual complexity is here. The half day seminar 101 Complexity given on Tuesday […]
April 7, 2007
Moscow presentation on knowledge management
The presentation in Moscow was via simultaneous translation, so I while I had an hour, the most I could manage […]
April 4, 2007
In the lounge at Heathrow with David Gurteen on my way to Moscow for a KM conference. I haven’t been […]
March 30, 2007
What we call the news …
Thanks to Wirearchy for letting me see this Jibjab entry What we call the news, somehow satire makes things better!
March 29, 2007
Short notice: Newcastle seminar
Steve Bealing is the UK next week (Newcastle to be precise) running a seminar on Cognitive Edge techniques in conjuction […]
March 23, 2007
Seminar in Hull
For those interesting, this coming Tuesday 27th March. I am giving a half day seminar at the Centre for Systems […]
March 21, 2007
RAHS, 33 hours without sleep & strangulation
Of all efforts I’ve seen, this is the one that seems to be the most carefully throughout and the most […]
March 17, 2007
Man of the Match
Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah, Pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but Thou art mighty; Hold me […]
March 16, 2007
Ticket Offer
For any one interested I have an offer for two tickets for friends or colleagues to attend the forthcoming event […]
March 14, 2007
Spam filters
Several comments are getting trapped in the SPAM filters. Apologies for this but we had to tighten them up given […]
March 14, 2007
Horizon scanning, KM, a Complexity “happening” & Meditation
Over the next month I am taking part in a fascinating set of three events on three continents, all of […]
March 13, 2007
‘LinKS’ to a podcast
I recently spent a day in Copenhagen working with my old friend Mette Laursen of LinKS. I have worked with […]
March 7, 2007
Innovations in Health Care: a reality check
My good friend Prof Annabelle Mark, (who is also an accredited practitioner, and one of the first although she has […]
March 7, 2007
Resource for journalists
We have been asked by ASKcharity which seeks to help journalists communicate which charities. Their web site allows a journalist […]
March 5, 2007
Hubert’s response
For those of you who do not check comments on past blogs, I thought I should point out that Hubert […]
February 24, 2007
Seeing the Invisible
My good friend and fellow gold miner (in joke, ignore it if you do not get it immediately) has just […]
February 14, 2007
14th February
This beautiful photograph is from Nasa’s Galileo spacecraft. It is Io, a moon of Jupiter and the blue emission at […]
February 13, 2007
In memorandum Tom Armour
I learnt last night of the death of Tom Armour at home in Reston with his family this Sunday. Last […]
February 11, 2007
Basketball Clip (update)
Thanks to Michael Cheveldave for finding a new source to view this, and also providing data of where you can […]
February 9, 2007
My KM Talk in Dallas
I started this week in Dallas with a presentation on Knowledge Management. I promised various people access to material I […]
January 8, 2007
Accredition programmes
Just a reminder that accreditation programmes are coming up in Brisbane (29-30 Jan), Singapore (1-3 Feb) and Calgary (6-8 Feb). […]
January 4, 2007
In memory of Gren
Next, little Megan Lewis-Jones will recite her little poem about where she thinks the WRU are going wrong. Some months […]
December 24, 2006
This wish is warranted
Dissident (otherwise know as Stephen Dale) had produced a politically correct greeting for the season. I can’t beat it, so […]
December 14, 2006
The first Podcast
After getting addicted to blogs, and engaging with the wikipedia, I am taking the next step and preparing to Podcast. […]
December 13, 2006
London meetup next week 19/12/06
For existing practitioners (anyone who has been on a training course including the IBM period – we will be organising […]
December 8, 2006
The market is at a tipping point
It has been encouraging over the last few weeks through a series of conference and client presentations to see a […]
November 23, 2006
Serendipity strikes again
Thanks to Tom Quiggin for this example of innovation. It matches the history of science in which new discoveries generally […]
November 17, 2006
Basketball Video
For those who want to see the video again and use it, there is a source here. If anyone knows […]
November 16, 2006
New accreditation programmes
I am pleased to say that we have settled accreditation course dates for Europe next month and North America early […]
October 30, 2006
See you in San Jose?
In an hour or so’s time I will set off for Heathrow and a flight to California for KM World. […]
October 26, 2006
San Jose and a lamb in the lions den
For those interested, KM World in San Jose offers several opportunities to meet up. I am giving a keynote with […]
October 17, 2006
Bramble Bushes in a Thicket
Cynthia Kurtz and I recently completed a book chapter on the relationship between narrative and learning networks. It also explores […]
October 16, 2006
Wake me up when the data is over
A new book has just been published on the use of story in organisations. I was interviewed for it last […]
October 14, 2006
Networks add capability
My last week in Singapore (I am drafting this on the plane back to the UK) was packed. The main […]
October 5, 2006
Starvation as a means to abundance
Bob Hruzek picked up on my three necessary but not sufficient conditions for innovation with an interesting personal story to […]
October 4, 2006
Culture and Innovation 2
OK the brochure is up and visible to the left of this blog entry. I will write more extensively about […]
September 25, 2006
Cognitive Edge workshop in Newcastle, UK
I introduced Sharon, newly appointed Director of Learning & Network Development at Cognitive Edge a couple of days ago, then […]
September 19, 2006
Most Significant Change
An interesting catch up and chat with Shawn over the weekend. I’ve missed him on my last visit to Australia, […]
August 5, 2006
New material
We’ve just put up two new documents on the site. One is a methods piece on running a workshop to […]
August 2, 2006
Moderation of your comments
Two changes to the blog – firstly if you make comments and register on typekey then you no longer need […]
July 25, 2006
Getting started
Right, its time to get started. We have now closed down Cynefin.net so you have have redirected from there. We […]