Cynefin courses in 2015 - new thinking, practical exercises and great company

Dave Snowden

Learn how to apply Cynefin for sense-making, change, and decision support. Learn how to work with narrative in facilitated sessions and in large volumes with SenseMaker® Day 4 covers: Applying narrative for communicating, research/monitoring, knowledge capture, and making sense of culture through narrative archetype forms. Cynefin, Complexity, Narrative and Sense-making in 2015.

Resisting Change – Luddites Unite!

Luis Suarez

No wonder I keep musing about another rather thought-provoking sentence she put together as well in that superb article: ‘ Technological change does not automatically equate with progress ’. And that would probably explain why, nearly at the end of 2016, we are still so averse to any kind of (technological) change, specially, inside organisations. We all know change is hard, very hard, yet, we all acknowledge that, if anything, change is inevitable.

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The Economic and Cultural Polarization of America

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For most of our nation’s history, whatever the inequality in wealth between the richest and poorest citizens, we maintained a cultural equality known nowhere else in the world - for whites, anyway.” There was a common civic culture, - the American way of life , - “that swept an extremely large proportion of Americans of all classes into its embrace. The situation changed drastically in the intervening fifty years.

Leadership emerges from network culture

Harold Jarche

It’s becoming the norm and bringing change with it, even though that change may not be visible. A new culture emerges. Culture is an emergent property of people working together. A few choice quotes are thrown in, preferably from historically famous leaders, some interactive exercises, straight out of traditional management courses and you’re off. Tweet Even five years ago it was not the norm to work at a distance.

Help! Testing a network mapping exercise | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Mar 17 2008 Help! Testing a network mapping exercise Published by Nancy White at 2:31 pm under knowledge sharing , networks I often use a variety of paper networking mapping exercises in my face to face workshops. Make a note of their observations and any changes they might suggest.

Who "owns" your organization's culture?

Mark Oehlert

Yep, culture. Often it''s like a specter hanging over failed projects - "the culture wasn''t prepared to accept that technology." We talk about it''s importance and about having the right one and about disruptive ones and innovation ones but I think we need to be a bit more basic up front. . The first thing you need to understand about organizational culture is that you already have one. This is not a "let''s measure the delta between Q1 and Q2" kind of exercise.

Learning is Behaviour Change: why is it often so hard to help it happen?

Charles Jennings

Alan Deutschman, the author of ‘ Change or Die ’ makes a pretty stark statement about people’s reluctance to change: “What if a well-informed, trusted authority figure said you had to make difficult and enduring changes in the way you think and act? Could you change when change really mattered? He goes on to say that even if you think you’d change, it’s unlikely to happen. Now with nicotine there’s a very clear reason why behaviour is difficult to change.

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Who "owns" your organization's culture?

Mark Oehlert

Yep, culture. Often it's like a specter hanging over failed projects - "the culture wasn't prepared to accept that technology." We talk about it's importance and about having the right one and about disruptive ones and innovation ones but I think we need to be a bit more basic up front. . The first thing you need to understand about organizational culture is that you already have one. This is not a "let's measure the delta between Q1 and Q2" kind of exercise.

The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This ecosystem has been designed to stimulate and manipulate the human psyche, “to draw us in and persuade us to change how we shop, vote, and exercise, and even who we love.” and how does it change our behavior?

Why and How Your #Nonprofit Needs To Bust the Culture of Sitting at Work

Beth Kanter

Some experts warn that too much standing can also create health problems. And, if you think you can avoid the health dangers of sitting for prolonged periods because you exercise at the gym every morning, think again. According to research , regular exercise does not counter act being sedentary at work. There are also other research studies that look at what motivates people to change their behavior in the workplace. Chris Messina hacked a piano for a standing desk.

May the Network Force Be With You

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

May the Force Be With You has become part of popular culture since the words were first uttered in the 1977 Star Wars film. And surviving in a changing environment requires a combination of social learning and new ideas.

Does Your Nonprofit Organization’s Culture Eat French Fries for Breakfast?

Beth Kanter

We’ve done a deep scan of the literature on personal habit change, like Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before and BJ Fogg’s Tiny Habits and have tested their approaches on ourselves. But as we all know, changing personal habits isn’t easy for a lot of people. Even better is to have self-care so finely embedded in the nonprofit’s culture that there is not a need for a separate program, it is simply part of the way the organization works.

What Is the Social Responsibility of Business?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, things started to change after the financial crisis. Many of them are also a company’s shareholders, and they are calling on leadership to take action on societal issues… Revisiting this essay is a welcome exercise, and a reminder of the importance of self-scrutiny.”.

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Conceptualizing AI in Human Terms is Misleading and Potentially Harmful

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Humans wouldn’t have been fooled by the slight perturbations to the training images because we’re much more resilient to such minor changes. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy“We speak of machines that think , learn , and infer.

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How I use social media | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I figured it would be good to exercise my memory a bit and unearth some of the key stories that led me to to my social media use today, and perhaps surface some of my patterns. Little did I know that this first toe-dip would literally change the course of my professional, and in many ways, my personal life. It was life changing. An interesting change. New social media that helps tag, sort and reuse content has been key to this change. Things change on all sides.

The Happy Healthy Social Change Activist: Passion for a Cause without Burnout

Beth Kanter

Since the theme this year was “Change Making,” I taught a workshop on self-care for change makers based on my forthcoming book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit , co-authored with Aliza Sherman. The culminating project was for teams of campers to design and create a “ zine ,” on change making topics. Before the workshops, they facilitated a brainstorming and collaborative voting process to identify topics and teams.

Scenario Planning - Formulating Strategy in the Face of High Uncertainty

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Answering this question has never felt more urgent as leaders prepare for the future. “Even before the Covid-19 crisis, rapid technological change, growing economic interdependence, and mounting political instability had conspired to make the future increasingly murky.” Uncertainty was already all-encompassing. “How can we formulate strategy in the face of uncertainty?,” asks Learning from the Future , a recent Harvard Business Review article by Peter Scoblic , in its opening sentence.

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Steven Berlin Johnson

stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | » From the Globe and Mail : A body of research suggests that playing video games provides benefits similar to bilingualism in exercising the mind. My Books The Ghost Map The latest: the story of a terrifying outbreak of cholera in 1854 London 1854 that ended up changing the world. Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Todays Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter The title says it all.

stevenberlinjohnson.com:

Steven Berlin Johnson

The exercise revealed numerous errors in both encyclopedias, butamong 42 entries tested, the difference in accuracy was not great. My Books The Ghost Map The latest: the story of a terrifying outbreak of cholera in 1854 London 1854 that ended up changing the world. Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Todays Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter The title says it all. Interface Culture : How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate My first.

Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The machines would handle routine processes, record keeping, and quantitative tasks, leaving more time for people to exercise their judgement, intuition, creativity, and interactions with each other. The Cambrian geological period marked a profound change in life on Earth. Then around 550 million years ago a dramatic change took place, which is known as the Cambrian Explosion.

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What’s the Core Priority of Corporate Managers?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The theory is out of step with ordinary usage: Shareholders are not owners of the corporation in any traditional sense of the term, nor do they have owners’ traditional incentives to exercise care in managing it. Given the fast pace of technology and market changes, companies may need to reinvent themselves every five years or so. Complex Systems Economic Issues Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The carnage might be more pronounced in the fast-changing IT industry, but no industry is immune. What makes such systems complex is not their basic functionality but their adaptability , that is , the various mechanisms that help the system evolve and survive in a changing environment. The system’s new structure then influences the individual agents, resulting in further changes to the overall system.

Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A central authority, be it a corporation or government agency, exercises editorial, financial, and (sometimes) political control over the content that reaches the consumer. The media industry is one of the fastest-changing and most dynamic industries in the world,” notes the Ericsson report in its conclusions. Media has often acted as an early indicator of how industries will adapt to changes in consumer behavior resulting from new technologies.”

The Promise and Challenges of Health Analytics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, achieving this next frontier requires major changes in how medicine is generally practiced. “Our Whereas specialized blood diagnostics and imaging studies are used to investigate specific diagnoses, the most commonly used measures reflect an uneasy balance between cost, the time constraints of an office visit, and the ability to detect significant changes in health status.” . On February 24 I attended a workshop in MIT on the Future of Health Analytics.

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a fast changing marketplace, agility is more critical than long-term forecasting exercises. To keep up with fast-changing technologies, companies need to invest in talent and learning programs. Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Digital Money and Payments Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Learning is Lurking (Part 2 of 2)

Dan Pontefract

For those of you who caught the first instalment , yes, the order has been changed this time around. We all need to take into consideration whether or not what we are posting is useful, not a glorified exercise to increase the quantity of our posts. Culture enterprise 2.0 As much as I believe that lurkers are in fact learning while they lurk, there is something to be said about those who need to lurk a little more. Let me explain.

What’s the Core Priority of Corporate Managers?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The theory is out of step with ordinary usage: Shareholders are not owners of the corporation in any traditional sense of the term, nor do they have owners’ traditional incentives to exercise care in managing it. Given the fast pace of technology and market changes, companies may need to reinvent themselves every five years or so. Complex Systems Economic Issues Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture

5 Common Nonprofit Workplace Stress Triggers and Tips for Addressing Them

Beth Kanter

Here are some brief practical articles packed with tips for exercising your boundary setting muscles at work: How To Tell A Chatty Co-Worker You Don’t Want to Talk. Workplace Culture. Some nonprofit workplace culture are rigid, requiring staff to be in the office between certain hours and at their desk. Sometimes the only answer is to make a change. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Leadership Organizational Culture ResiliencePhoto credit: PlusLexia.

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Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The machines would handle routine processes, record keeping, and quantitative tasks, leaving more time for people to exercise their judgement, intuition, creativity, and interactions with each other. The Cambrian geological period marked a profound change in life on Earth. Then around 550 million years ago a dramatic change took place, which is known as the Cambrian Explosion.

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Guest Post: Adejare Amoo on an Industrialist’s Role in eLearning in Africa

Nancy White

In preparation for his part in our “fish bowl&# exercise, he drafted an outline that I really appreciated. It provides opportunities for continuous experimentations as well as controlled frequent and rapid changes. Promotion of socio-cultural activities engages the industrialist. Collaboration and cooperation from other stakeholders in higher education innovation — parents, NGO’s, and socio- cultural organisations, will be relevant.

What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Robustness implies the ability to adapt and keep going in spite of a rapidly changing environment. Antifragility is what enables biological systems to not just survive major changes, but to continuously evolve and come up with new mechanisms to better adapt to the changes. . Complex Systems Economic Issues Healthcare Systems Society and Culture Various Other SubjectsComplex systems, whether natural or engineered, are composed of many parts.

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best finds of 2020

Harold Jarche

Any idiot can impose and exercise control. Wise cultures, societies and a wise civilization will ‘manage the household’ with wisdom (oikos + sophia) and a love for all life (biophilia). Here are some of the best of my fortnightly Friday’s Finds of 2020. Happy New Year 2021!

“… intire of it selfe”

Dave Snowden

A health warning – this is an exploratory post starting to develop an anthro-complexity theory of organisational change. A whole battery of organisational change consultants and departments organise around variations of what is known in political philosophy as social atomism.

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The Emergence of a “New Establishment”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Several events in the last few years - including the election of Barack Obama as US President, the rise of the Tea Party movement , and the SEC charges against Goldman Sachs - have convinced me that there is a profound changing of the order underway in US society. Its members do not just represent the centers of official power - though they are certainly part of it - but rather the whole matrix of official and social relations within which power is exercised.

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Reflections on My Fifty Year Involvement with Computers

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In our fast changing world, the stocks of knowledge , what we know, is not as important as the flows of knowledge , the knowledge we will continue to acquire throughout our careers and lives. Education and Talent Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and StrategyOn May 5, I had the honor of giving the commencement address at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Innovation, Fundamental Research and Universities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. The lead article set the stage when it said, "Rapid and disruptive change is now happening across new and old businesses. As I have gotten older, my appreciation has increased for the education I got there, and especially for the open, eclectic, multi-disciplinary culture I absorbed in my ten years in the place.

Rethinking Personal Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is indeed a tall order given the rapid pace of change and the lack of clear rules and overall transparency. The actors involved, therefore, have valid rights and responsibilities to the data and may require different permissions to exercise those rights. However, it is unlikely that such a traditional legislative approach will be able to keep pace with our fast changing, hyperconnected world.

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COVID-19 The Future of Society

Dave Snowden

Cognitive, cultural and experiential diversity are critical to sensing possibilities beyond the conventional and we all need to be a part of that. It’s a good time to exercise our imaginations about what we personally think might be the results – upside scenarios, downside scenarios, really weird scenarios, whatever people are imagining. Who will work to constrain change?

The US Constitution: A Pantheon of (Sometimes Conflicting) Values

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Harvard commencement address is truly a lesson on why our short and relatively simple US Constitution, drafted more than 200 years ago, continues to be such a powerful document when properly interpreted and applied in our very different and continuously changing society. On this view, deciding constitutional cases should be a straightforward exercise of reading fairly and viewing facts objectively.”.

How to Design an Effective Nonprofit Staff Retreat: A Lesson from Life

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: Blocking out time for your nonprofit’s staff to do planning and work on areas like organizational culture is essential for success. It reflects best practices in adult learning and provides a framework that results in positive change. In a distributed workforce like ETR’s, one of the keys to building an engaged and energetic culture is making an extra effort to respect and celebrate remote workers.

Cuba, the Internet and Social Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its key objectives include “respect for human and political rights and individual freedoms in Cuba, and denounce the violation of those rights and freedoms”; “substantive economic changes that improve the lives of Cubans”; and “discussion and critical analysis of ideas and formulate policy recommendations that facilitate peaceful change in Cuba.”. She writes that her blog is “ an exercise in cowardice which lets me say, in this space, what is forbidden to me in my civic action.”

Smarter Public Health

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In its press release , IBM said: “The IBM Research project will combine and analyze massive data sources that have never before been integrated to simulate the cause-and-effect relationships between agriculture, transportation, city planning, eating and exercise habits, socio-economic status, family life, and more. Some like the wide availability of processed foods and lack of exercise are widely acknowledged.

How To Make Meetings Work for Your Nonprofit (whether you are sitting,standing, or walking!)

Beth Kanter

This is probably a larger cultural issue of organizations scheduling too many back-to-back meetings. There were tons of questions in general about meetings, many about how to change an organization’s meeting culture. Maybe starting with a survey to assess how effective people feel meetings are and consciously changing them for the better one meeting at time. I’ll be thinking and writing more about this in future posts, so stay tuned.