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linguistic aporia

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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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Networks and Complexity (1)

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Complex human systems, such as organizations, communities or economies, go hand-in-hand with networks.

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Complex facilitation

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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.

Returning to constraints

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The more astute reader may have noticed that I have been writing a series of blog posts that update previous work and explore new ways of defining the general field of naturalising sense-making, and more particularly anthro-complexity as a key aspect of that field.

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Aesthetic aporia

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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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Twelvetide 20:13 The Baker’s dozen

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

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The straw man fallacy

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One of the things that most irritates me on social media is the complete ignorance people seem to have of the Straw-man fallacy in logic.

Twelvetide 20:02 Carbon is not silicon

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In this second post within the knowledge management section, I want to summarise some of the material on human cognition and decision making that I and others rely on within the wider field of sense-making.

“… intire of it selfe”

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A health warning – this is an exploratory post starting to develop an anthro-complexity theory of organisational change. As such I am working through some of the basic science relating to the constraints within which such a theory can be developed. This is Praxis in action!

Module 228

Stalin or Lincoln?

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This post continues an earlier series on the theme of Leadership and is the third post in that series. Links to the first two posts can be found in my post of yesterday.

Trialectics

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

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Mostly harmless

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I was asked this evening via LinkedIn to comment on the Baldridge Performance Excellence Program and I replied with the title of this post. I’m not sure why I was asked as there is nothing exceptional about it and it has little or no connection with complexity theory.

My bit in the Flow Book

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I’m interrupting the flow of my posts about an anthro-complexity approach to strategy to reference a new book published today from my good friends John, Nigel and Brian.

Twlevetide 20:3 Abstraction & codification

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I’d been working on knowledge management for some time and have come across Boisot’s book Knowledge Assets. Yasmin Mirali, then at Warwick University introduces us and organised a joint seminar and a lot of things came together.

The shards of Cynefin

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Today’s post is a development of yesterday’s post which will look at the various overlapping aspects of a situation that Cynefin seeks to handle. I am still with that wider theme of navigating through hazardous waters, hence the banner picture.

ASHEN revisited

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Many moons ago, in the early days of my work in knowledge management one of the standard approaches was to conduct a knowledge audit.

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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.

ligne de fuite: 3 of 3

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In my previous two posts I set the context for understanding the Deleuzian concept of the title to understand how we can use ideas of flow and leakage to break entrained patterns.

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Looking back at the Acorn Study; Part 1: Introduction 

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

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Twelvetide 20:05 Making sense with narrative

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Awaiting content. . Photographs. It was a transit day today, moving holiday cottages and the tops were forecast to be under heavy cloud for most of the day.

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Of congruence and coherence

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My old headmaster, of fond memory, was too find of appealing for harmony at school assemblies. I think he wanted everything to be like the choir in the banner picture.

Self-destructive tendencies

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One of the most painful ever scenes for anyone of a progressive mindset is the People’s front of Judea from Monty Pythons Life of Brian which came out in 1979. I think it is my favorite of the Monty Python films.

ligne de fuite: 1 of 3

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Anyone starting to get interested in complexity theory will sooner or later come across various common biological metaphors or examples. Boids algorithm which approximates the flocking behaviour of birds is a classic.

Needles in Haystacks

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The banner shot here was taken by me last Sunday in the late afternoon of what was a delightful hike ; one of those days where showers are followed by sun and even the low hills/mountains of the Black Mountains assume a mysterious air.

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Physical aporia

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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.

Homo Narrans: archetypes

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Two days ago (apologies for skipping a day) I said that I would pick up on the role of archetypes in narrative work. I wrote a two-part article for ECO on the subject, featuring the work of Sonja and others in South Africa (where the technique was developed).

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Mycorrhiza & scaffolding 2 of 2

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In my earlier post I reprised my earlier work on the role of informal networks with a view to updating and extending that today, keeping with the metaphor of mycorrhiza. In the meantime Valdis has made a first post in his work and ideas.

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Leadership in context: 2 of 2

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My post of yesterday put forward the position that while the nature of the system acts as both a constraint and as an enabler of what is possible, individuals can and do make a difference.

Nature & nurture

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One of my favorite walks in the Black Mountains is the ascent of the Cat’s Back followed by transit over Hay Bluff and Twmpa then down the long ridge of Darren Lwyd to Capel-y-Ffin.

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Twelvetide 20:07 The science of uncertainty

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HOLDING FOR CONTENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pictures. The end of my micro spike assisted walk up Helvelyn yesterday was rather damped by a Guardian Newsflash as I came back into 3g reception approaching the car park. It said that Cumbria had gone into Tier4.

Its not about winning

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l was thinking about Max earlier on today. I had planned to post an update on my uncertainty matrix, now over three decades old but a host of interesting ideas came in after I posted a preliminary work on social media.

mycorrhiza & scaffolding 1 of 2

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Many years ago now, at the end of the Knowledge Wars in IBM, I ended up (as a part of the peace settlement) working in the Institute for Knowledge Management (IKM). That meant flying to Boston once a month and staying in the Marriott Kendal Square which was just over the road from the MIT Bookshop.

Flexuosity untangled

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I’ve always been fond of wolves, something that is probably due to a childhood spent with Kipling’s Jungle Book and the Just So Stories. I’m still proud of the Leaping Wolf Badge I obtained as a cub scout, although reading the link I think standards have dropped over the last few decades!

Remembering Nan

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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.

ASHEN reused

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One of the purposes of ASHEN was to change the way we talk about knowledge retention.

Twelvetide 20:01 Acts of knowing

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As promised yesterday the main theme of this Twelvetide series is to summarise the main pillars of Naturalising Sense-making and to do so in four sections of three posts.

Rules of engagement

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I got a little angry in a Slack group a day or so ago at an attempt to manipulate what was possible, second time round with the individual in question which other participants might not have realised.

Twelvetide 20:08 Anthro-complexity

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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.

Flexuous focus (1)

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This post (which will be several parts) is an extension of my posts on contextual strategy that started with a post updating my Apex Predator theory entitled Flexuosity untangled which continued on the next two days with The Ystwyth-curve and then Flexuous landscapes.

Twelvetide 20:06 Narrative appreciated

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HOLDING FOR CONTENT. . A lot of the early work on narrative, which I summarised yesterday was largely based on instinct and common sense. . . . Pictures.

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

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

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Homo Narrans: preface

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The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling were a key part of my formative years and I still refer to them on a regular basis. The name comes from the fact that they had to be told just so by Kipling to his daughter.

Selling novelty

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May years ago now I left a job as Development Accountant at one of the Hunting Group Companies to enter the field of Decision Support Consultancy at a company called Datasolve, which became DataSciences and which was then bought by IBM.