A trialectic method

Dave Snowden

The theory post of yesterday came with a health warning and this one does as well – There are some things that really irritate me and drove these two posts so the next three paragraphs are polemical, jump to the new method if you want to avoid them.

Sharing Global Perspectives: A project by people, for people

Dave Snowden

In 2021, the Cynefin Centre hopes that we can start introducing and highlighting the work carried out by our members more than ever before. Today’s blog post offers the stage to a project looking at experiences of the pandemic all around the world.


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linguistic aporia

Dave Snowden

PENDING FULL TEXT. . In my post of today’s ago. . . . . . . Acknowledgements. Opening picture is by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash. The banner picture continues the them of the earlier post with a picture of one of the bookshelves in my study. This is the section for Welsh (and honorary Welsh) poetr

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The Intangible Asset Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex facilitation

Dave Snowden

I always have mixed feelings when I finish a Christmas blog series. There is a rhythm to writing to a plan but it can also be a burden and you feel you are missing key subjects. Whatever I took a day off and decided to summarise here some of the work I am doing on our Wiki.

Trends That Will Likely Shape a Highly Uncertain Year

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago The Economist published The World in 2021 , it’s 35th annual look at the economic, political, social and cultural trends that will likely shape the coming year. The World in 2021 highlights ten specific trends.

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Aesthetic aporia

Dave Snowden

HOLDING FOR FULL TEXT IN DRAFT. . Using aesthetic in the sense of anything which is not linguistic or physical, implies a level of abstract. . . . . . . Static, one time. cartoons like gaping void include quotations with bite.

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3 Ways To Become More Caring In The Pandemic

Dan Pontefract

I’ve been thinking a lot about you recently. How are you doing? No, not that perfunctory “I hope you don’t really answer truthfully” how are you… The post 3 Ways To Become More Caring In The Pandemic appeared first on Pontefract Group.

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moving beyond training

Harold Jarche

Working smarter means that everyone in an organization learns from experience and shares with their colleagues as part of their work. Training is not enough — see the missing half of training.

Twelvetide 20:12 at a turning point?

Dave Snowden

I hope in 2021 to bring more people interested in this area to create a community of people not scared about new language and uncertainty.

Twelvetide 20:13 The Baker’s dozen

Dave Snowden

So this post is by way of a post script to the main theme.

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Habits and variety

Clark Quinn

Having heard it’s good for maintaining cognitive ability, I like to vary things. And, to keep doing things right, I like habits. Are these mutually exclusive? Maybe, but here’re some thoughts on habits and variety.

Dave Snowden - Untitled Article

Dave Snowden

DRAFT IN PROGRESS. . Earlier in the month I wrote two posts on networks, and in the second gave the first public airing to one of the most important developments of the last few years namely entangled trios. Either side of the link you will see posts from my good friend Valdis Krebs.

Update on my workshops

Clark Quinn

Just as I did an update on my books , it’s time to also let you know about some workshop opportunities. Together, I think they create a coherent whole.

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Updates on my books

Clark Quinn

At this calendar inflection, it’s interesting to note how time flies. I was somewhat amazed to find out that my first three books were already out of print! And there are two reasons to keep them out there. For one, because there’s still some interest (I get pinged occasionally).

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The Evolution of American Capitalism - Tweaks, Reforms, or Wholesale Change?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“American capitalism has evolved time and again, and we may be poised for another such shift,” said a recent McKinsey article, Rethinking the future of American capitalism , by James Manyika , Gary Pinkus , and Monique Tuin. “Capitalism has contributed to significant gains in economic growth and prosperity throughout its history.

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Dave Snowden

Pending text. Acknowledgements. The opening picture of a triangular sculpture is by Ralf Kunze; Banner picture by Pavlofox both from Pixabay. Reflections


5 LMS Trends to Make an Impact in 2021


In 2021, we will likely see more change than continuity, in part due to the shifting business environment caused by COVID-19.

Change, urgency, and new opportunities 2: What can we sense together?

Dave Snowden

It is 2021, and many of us don’t know quite what that entails. As this happened, I and many others reminded ourselves that 2021 will be just as difficult, if not even more demanding. Most were very glad to see the back of 2020, and many colourful, expletive-filled goodbyes were said.

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Looking back at the Acorn Study; Part 1: Introduction 

Dave Snowden

This has been a year of experimentation in many things, including the report format.

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Physical aporia

Dave Snowden

In this final, for the moment, post on creating aporia I want to focus on the ways in which physical activity and the wider environment can create the conditions to think differently and to find novel solutions in times of perplexity and confusion.

best finds of 2020

Harold Jarche

Happy New Year 2021! Here are some of the best of my fortnightly Friday’s Finds of 2020. Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.” — Maya Angelou. The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.” Ernest Hemingway. “To

Remembering Nan

Dave Snowden

Yesterday I mentioned the family history with reference to my mother fighting for her chance to be the first in her family to go to University which got me to thinking about the family and I then realised that today, the 10th was my Nan’s birthday, one she shared with my cousin Peter.

Twelvetide 20:08 Anthro-complexity

Dave Snowden

PENDING CONTENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pictures. As reported I had to leave the Lake District early and while I will get out and about on the Wiltshire Downs it is not the same thing.

Include These 3 Skills in Your Remote Training Courses in 2021


In 2021, 25 percent of Americans will be working remotely, reported CNBC. “By By 2025, 36.2 million Americans will be working remotely, an 87% increase from pre-pandemic levels.” wrote the contributor. 1 This tells us that the work-from-home trend that started in 2020 is likely here to stay.

New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits To Improve Resilience in 2021

Beth Kanter

I plan to continue these into 2021, including succulent gardening and exploring fountain pens and working on calligraphy. We did numerous presentations, workshops, and interviews and will begin writing a book together in 2021. Keeping Resilient in 2021. Sunset at Half Moon Bay.

overcome by events

Harold Jarche

I wrote the following in 2009 —. Workplace learning in 2019. Much of the workforce will be distributed in time & space as well as in engagement (part-time, full-time, contract mix). More learning will be do-it-yourself and gathered from online digital resources available for free and fee.

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Twelvetide 20:11 Coherent to what?

Dave Snowden

PENDING CONTENT. . . . . . . Pictures. Elidir Mawr is the outlier of the Welsh 3000 footers but well worth a trip. The ascent from the Llanberris pass is interesting. For a start its a delightful path but that as you reach Llyn Can Tryfan and the Carneddau start to appear over the horizon.

Twelvetide 20:10 The science question

Dave Snowden

HOLDING FOR CONTENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . Pictures.

Twelvetide 20:09 Manege and menage

Dave Snowden

I think a lot of people don’t realise how novel the complexity stuff still and how threatening (needlessly) it is to established management practice. Those of us engaged in taking a more humane perspective a decade or so ago were a merry band of mavericks from may different backgrounds.

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our crisis in network leadership

Harold Jarche

This pandemic has become a crisis in network leadership. Last June, I wrote — our wake-up call. On 6 June 1944 the First Canadian Army landed at Normandy. It had never been tested in battle as a formation.

How we save the world

Doc Searls

Let’s say the world is going to hell. Don’t argue, because my case isn’t about that. It’s about who saves it. I suggest everybody. Or, more practically speaking, a maximized assortment of the smartest and most helpful anybodies. Not governments. Not academies. Not investors. Not charities. Not big companies and their platforms. Any of those can be involved, of course, but we don’t have to start there. We can start with people. Because all of them are different.

an assumption of knowledge

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Word of the day is ‘sequaciousness’ (17th century): the blinkered, unreasoning, and slavish following of another, no matter where it leads.”

Frequency of Learning

Jane Hart

How FREQUENTLY do you learn from each of the 4 D’s of Learning? Please take the survey below which asks how frequently YOU learn from these 14 specified ways? Modern Workplace Learning

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Five trends for 2021

Clark Quinn

Here’s a video that provides the qualifications, and five trends for 2021 that I’d expect, or like, to see. This may be farther out than 2021, but with all the buzz about AI, I think we might see some more awareness of limitations.

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How an LMS Helped a Nonprofit Grow Its Educational Program to Over 1,300 Schools


It’s not always easy for nonprofits to grow educational programs for kids. Many associations have budgetary constraints that limit growth and some kids have trouble accessing learning materials, especially during a global health crisis.

3 Advantages to Shorter Corporate Training Courses and How to Trim Them


The length of a corporate training course can contribute to its success or to its failure because it can encourage or hinder learner engagement. That’s why it’s critical for L&D teams to carefully consider how long each online training course should be.

#Fakecommute: A Ritual for Work-Life Balance When You #WFH

Beth Kanter

But work from home (if we are lucky enough to have a job) will probably continue well into 2021. A photo of me on my fake commute. We are living in traumatic times, and we need to prioritize building resilience.

“Living is Easy with Eyes Closed”

Dave Snowden

Earlier today I got iterated by several things on social media. Now I admit that this is not unusual and some would argue that I obviously enjoy the stimulation too much.

We want to understand the challenges you are facing as we head into 2021

Dave Snowden

2020 has been a year like no other, and it seems the disruption will continue into 2021. In particular, we are interested in your perspective on how these complex trends might influence your decision-making in 2021.

Toward new kinds of leverage

Doc Searls

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world,” Archimedes is said to have said. For almost all of the last four years, Donald Trump was one hell of an Archimedes. With the U.S.

Back to Basics: 10 lessons for virtual L&D for 2021

Jane Hart

The Top Tools for Learning 2020 survey took place at an unprecedented time following a period of lockdown where remote working was the norm, so the lists provide a unique look into how learning is being enabled and supported in these difficult times. In my analysis I provided some observations and brief thoughts on what this […]. Modern Workplace Learning

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How to Accurately Measure the Effectiveness of Remote Training


1 Other companies like Facebook are extending the work-from-home policy well into 2021. Due to COVID-19, working from home has become the new normal for many employees.