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immunize for complexity

Harold Jarche

Have you heard the term VUCA ? It comes from the 1990’s but is still in use to describe the complex and chaotic world of business, politics, and technology. Volatility. Uncertainty. Complexity. Ambiguity. Peter Hinnsen, in The Network Always Wins , describes the antidote to VUCA as VACINE.

Facile or felicitous?

Dave Snowden

I realise up front that there is a danger that this post may be misinterpreted. So to be clear I see nothing wrong in facilitation per se, I facilitate and I teach other people complex facilitation skills.

Diagram!

Clark Quinn

One of the things that I feel is a really useful tool in my ongoing learning, in my ‘making sense of the world’ is diagramming. I find diagrams to be a really powerful way to understand not just elements, but relationships.

The Emerging, Unpredictable Age of AI

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

only humans need apply – review

Harold Jarche

In Only Humans Need Apply , the authors identify five ways that people can adapt to automation and intelligent machines. They call it ‘stepping’ I have added in parentheses the main attributes I think are needed for each option. Step-up: directing the machine-augmented world (creativity).

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The making of meaning event (2)

Dave Snowden

Sometimes a little ambition is no bad thing, even if we start small. My post on Wednesday indicated that we were about there with an ambitious new programme on Meaning.

How to overcome bias

Mind Hacks

How do you persuade somebody of the facts? Asking them to be fair, impartial and unbiased is not enough. To explain why, psychologist Tom Stafford analyses a classic scientific study. One of the tricks our mind plays is to highlight evidence which confirms what we already believe.

Defibrillating a dead horse

Doc Searls

Before we start, let me explain that ATSC 1.0 is the HDTV standard, and defines what you get from HDTV stations over the air and cable. It dates from the last millennium.

Experimentation and Reflection (new article in the Modern Workplace Learning magazine)

Jane Hart

New article by Clark Quinn “in my mind learning is action and reflection, with two nuances. The first notion is that the action/reflection cycle is the process, not the outcome. The outcome, technically, is a new response to the same stimuli.

Divination & perspective shift

Dave Snowden

I went to a seminar this afternoon on the ‘ ontological turn ’ in anthropology given by one of the early advocates Martin Holbraad whose book Truth in Motion is an ethnographic study in Havana among practitioners of Ifá, a Afro-Cuban tradition of divination.

How to overcome bias

Mind Hacks

How do you persuade somebody of the facts? Asking them to be fair, impartial and unbiased is not enough. To explain why, psychologist Tom Stafford analyses a classic scientific study. One of the tricks our mind plays is to highlight evidence which confirms what we already believe.

Story of the Week: Is Democracy in Danger?

Nine Shift

Is democracy in danger? The BBC in the last few weeks interviewed a German politician who pointed to the issue. She is one of those considered a possible successor to Angela Merkel. She noted Germany's staunch defense of democracy. . But across the world, more authoritarian leaders are assuming power, and right wing nationalists are stirring. Once again, this happened 100 years ago. And at least in Germany, authoritarian power had devastating effects.

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Voices inside our heads

Euen Semple

These apparently innocuous little chunks of text have deceptive power. We allow them inside our heads. They entail an intimacy that even face to face rarely achieves. They are like talking to ourselves but more potent. We can both help and harm ourselves and others. We must learn to tread lightly

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The making of meaning event (1)

Dave Snowden

Yesterday’s post on bullying at work struck a cord with a lot of readers. Lots of interest in doing something so I will plan to set up an open access narrative database on this in the fairly near future. If interested in that then please comment on that post or click on the email link.

Sex differences in brain size

Mind Hacks

Next time someone asks you “Are men and women’s brains different?”, ”, you can answer, without hesitation, “Yes” Not only do they tend to be found in different types of bodies, but they are different sizes.

One Way For-Profit Education Providers Undermine Public Education

Nine Shift

The story I researched this last week for LERN and our 5,000 members was almost unbelievable. . I had predicted for years that for-profit education providers, who once (e.g. Christopher Whittle) tried to take over K-12 elementary schools, and who still garner huge tax payer monies in higher education (e.g. University of Phoenix), would pursue profit over the best interests of our 1,000 continuing education programs, members of LERN, in nonprofit schools and colleges.

Even bullies need a hug.

Euen Semple

I find myself feeling disconcertingly protective towards a second United States president in a row. With Obama I had such a strong feeling that here was a good bloke placing himself in an impossible situation with a lot of hard men out to get him, and I had the instinctive response of putting my arms around him to protect him. With Trump it is obviously different.

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The bully tends to win …

Dave Snowden

A lot of the standard childhood books of my generation dealt with the subject of bullying. I was allowed Jennings and Derbyshire butforbidden Billy Bunter as my mother shared Orwell’s derision of Frank Richard’s writing.

Can boy monkeys throw?

Mind Hacks

Aimed throwing is a gendered activity – men are typically better at it than women (by about 1 standard deviation, some studies claim ).

The Children Are Scared

Nine Shift

"But mommy,we don't look like you." That comment by a 4 year old hit me hard. . I was at a wedding in St. Louis a week ago. It was a joy to meet a niece for the first time, and we talked. She married a man of hispanic heritage and they had two children. Now single, my blond niece talked about how her 4 year old and 8 year old urged her to move to Mexico soon, before it is too late. . Their mother reassured them that they were Americans and they had nothing to worry about.

Can boy monkeys throw?

Mind Hacks

Aimed throwing is a gendered activity – men are typically better at it than women (by about 1 standard deviation, some studies claim ).

Making meaning problematic

Dave Snowden

I spent a good part of today talking about our planned project on Meaning Making or The Making of Meaning (we are still debating the programme name). It has nine elements ranging from the socio-physical world to ideas of spirituality in the modern world.

Children on mountains

Dave Snowden

I choose a shorter route today taking in the circular walk from Llanberis over Moel Eilio and then along the ridge to Feel Goch descending to Bwlch Maesgwm and thence by an old pack horse route pack to the start.

A Nantlle Ridge circular

Dave Snowden

I’m up working in Bangor at the moment bracketing a weekend which gave me the opportunity today and hopefully tomorrow to head for the hills. I’m staying for the first time at Trionos sharing the place with a Yoga retreat group.

Gender brain blogging

Mind Hacks

I’ve started teaching a graduate seminar on the cognitive neuroscience of sex-differences.

Gender brain blogging

Mind Hacks

I’ve started teaching a graduate seminar on the cognitive neuroscience of sex-differences.